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Alonso and Barrichello lead free practice times - Renault finish the day on top, McLaren let slip, and BMW hope for the best

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Alonso and Barrichello lead free practice times
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Today is the 21st August and this is F1Minute.

Free Practice got underway today in Valencia, with Barrichello topping the morning session and Alonso leading the way in the afternoon. There were only two things of note, the first being Luca Badoer’s rather slow performance. He and Grosjean seemed to take to the track well in the morning, but by the afternoon Badoer appeared to be struggling. He happily admits he needs to up his game as soon as possible. The other incident of note was Alonso locking up in the afternoon and plowing straight into the side of Heidfeld. The BMW was lifted into the air, but came down safely.

Elsewhere, Martin Whitmarsh was interviewed about the future of McLaren’s drivers and said plainly that the paddock were waiting for Alonso’s move to Ferrari to be announced. He seemed pretty confident it was a done deal.

Finally, Mario Theissen has hinted that BMW have several offers from interested parties, and both he and Peter Sauber are working hard to try and save the team.

That’s all for now, please join me tomorrow for another F1Minute.