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European Grand Prix – Practice 
21st-Aug-2009 08:00 am

Originally published at Paul Henman at henman.ca. You can comment here or there.

Check out yesterday’s post to catch up on all the news. The only update since then is that BMW have applied to re-enter the 2010 season (as a “new” team), presumably because it’s easier to sell a team that can compete in F1 rather than one that can’t – d’oh!

This year’s European GP is in Valencia, Spain, again – Felipe Massa won the race last year but obviously won’t be taking part in it this year.
The weather is warm – the air temperature is 28°C and the track is 42°C; there’s a slight breeze (3mph) and the forecast is sunny.

Practice 1:
RB’s helmet carries a get well message for FM
Michael Schumacher is in the Ferrari garage as usual, coaching Luca Badoer although the veteran test driver probably knows the car as well as he can after 10 years of testing for Ferrari
The pit lane entrance overlaps with the turn in for the final corner – hopefully this won’t be a problem over the race weekend
Top of the timing charts: RB (1:42.460), HK, LH, JB, SV, AS
The new boys: JA (Jaime Alguersuari in the Toro Rosso) managed P13; RG (Romain Grosjean in the Renault) was P17; and LB (Luca Badoer) was last / P20, over 3 seconds off RB’s pace.

Practice 2:

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