Daily: 18th August 2009

18 August, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT+01:00)

By Christine Blachford

We're into Tuesday already, and it's time to start turning our attention to the European Grand Prix. Many of the teams have released their GP previews already, and they are all starting to talk up their chances in Valencia. Here are some of the things we're talking about:

  • Renault have much more of a chance in Valencia than they could have, as the Court of Appeal overturned the penalty from Hungary, and issued the team with a hefty fine instead. That means Alonso and his as yet unnamed teammate will be allowed to race around the dockyard.
  • Massa has been looking a little further ahead than Valencia, and says he is hoping he might be able to return for the Brazilian Grand Prix, which is towards the end of October. He is highly aware that the final decision rests with the doctors though, so all he can do is rest up and get better.
  • McLaren are hoping they can score another victory in Spain, making back-to-back victories for the team. Whitmarsh says they have even more improvements to bring to the car this weekend, and the team are all feeling supremely positive.

That's all for now. I hope you had an okay Monday, it's a brand new day. Let us know what you've got planned today, and I'll see you in the comments.

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