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Alonso proving a point - The Spaniard turns up at Valencia for a spot of testing

Published by Christine

In a bid to shout out to everyone that switching teams is not going to affect his ability to fight for his third title, Fernando Alonso took to testing in style. Knocking almost a second off his nearest rival, the double world champion threw his McLaren around the track, despite a little bit of bad weather.

Those closest behind Alonso at the Valencia circuit were all very close together on the timesheets with about a tenth of a second separating 2nd and 5th place. They were taken by Piquet in the Renault and Montagny in the Toyota, then Vettel in the BMW-Sauber and Räikkönen in the Ferrari.

Most were frustrated with the days work, I imagine Räikkönen was particularly unimpressed with his finishing position behind his rival, and the misery was compounded with no less than 10 red flags.

All in all, it sounds like a day that would have better been spent staying in bed.