Daily: 22nd August 2009

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

By Christine Blachford

Free Practice was a bizarre thing to be hold. The morning session was even less interesting than I thought it was going to be, whilst the afternoon more than made up for it. Goodness knows what today is going to bring. Either way, here are some of the things we're talking about:

  • Badoer is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Not only was he a little on the slow side yesterday, but he also managed to receive four penalties from the FIA for speeding in the pitlane. Three of them involved a monetary sum, so poor Badoer must be feeling the pinch by now. At least he is a record breaker though.
  • Hamilton had a brush with the wall yesterday that saw him sit an entire practice session out as they didn't have the parts to fix his car. This does seem slightly weird, that they didn't have a regular ol' wing to stick on the car, but the team seem to know what they're doing.
  • And, of course, on the subject of McLaren, Whitmarsh nicely announced that Alonso is going to Ferrari next year. Naturally he isn't part of the team in question, but he seemed pretty sure when he said the entire paddock's movements will rest on that one move. Bless.
  • Also a quick plug for Nick's new blog: The F1 Rundown. A daily glimpse of the top stories of the day, with added opinions from the author. Yesterday's entries include the aforementioned Alonso to Ferrari story, so head on over to see what's new.

That'll do it for now. We'll be around for Free Practice 3 and Qualifying, so I hope you'll join us in the live comments. I will see you there.

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