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    Grand Prix of Turkey

    Provisional Grid

    1 Massa / Ferrari
    2 Kovalainen / McLaren
    3 Hamilton / McLaren
    4 Raikkonen / Ferrari
    5 Kubica / BMW
    6 Weber / Red Bull
    7 Alonso / Renault
    8 Trulli / Toyota
    9 Heidfeld / BMW
    10 Coulthard / Red Bull
    11 Rosberg / Williams
    12 Barrichello / Honda
    13 Button / Honda
    14 Veittel / Toro Rosso
    15 Glock / Toyota
    16 Nakajima / Williams
    17 Piquet / Renault
    18 Bourdais / ToroRosso
    19 Fisichella / Force India
    20 Sutil / Force India
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    Go Hamilton!

    Go Hamilton!

    For me it's; Personalities first. Brand second.

    Drives my fellow Ducati bretheren nuts. Go Rossi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    Go Hamilton!

    For me it's; Personalities first. Brand second.

    Drives my fellow Ducati bretheren nuts. Go Rossi!
    I am a Tufosi, Brit cafe bike lovin guy who reports on the BMW F1 team.

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    Heidfelds birthday today. He shared a chocolate cake but didnt get the result he wanted in qualifying for his birthday.


    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Turkish Grand Prix Qualifying
    05-10-2008 Press Release
    Please note: Corrected version: For Robert Kubica this was for the 22nd and not the 23rd consecutive time to make it into top ten qualifying as Sebastian Vettel replaced him in the team for Indianapolis in 2007 and qualified 7th.
    Weather: Dry, 16-17??C Air, 24-36??C Track

    Istanbul (TR). For the Turkish Grand Prix both BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers have again made it into the top ten qualifying session. For Robert Kubica this was for the 22nd consecutive time, while for Nick Heidfeld it was the 28th time in a row. In Istanbul Kubica qualified fifth and Heidfeld ninth therefore the aim of both of them is to pick up positions in the race.



    Robert Kubica:
    BMW Sauber F1.08-03 / BMW P86/8
    Qualifying 5th, 1:28.390 min (3rd practice: 16th, 1:27.971 min)


    ǣI am quite happy with my qualifying result and hope for a good race. We were expecting a little bit more after finishing P2 in the second qualifying session, but after refuelling the balance of the car was not good in a few corners and it became difficult to drive. With the high fuel load we picked up a lot of understeer. We shall now analyse the data and try to understand why.


    Nick Heidfeld:
    BMW Sauber F1.08-05 / BMW P86/8
    Qualifying 9th, 1:28.882 min (3rd practice: 19th, 1:28.655 min)


    ǣOf course Im not happy with P9, but I can also see something positive in todays qualifying it went much better than practice did. The sun came out and this helped me to heat up the tyres. My very last lap was actually really good until the final sector when I made a mistake which cost me about three tenths of a second. I think I can move up the field in the race.


    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
    ǣWe are not satisfied with the qualifying result. While Robert was pretty quick in Q2 with low fuel, the third and crucial qualifying session did not go perfectly for him. Nick was on his last quick lap, and just as fast as Robert in the first and second sector, but then lost time in the final sector. I think the tyres have been the deciding factor today. During qualifying, depending on the fuel loads, we saw very different tyre performances.





    Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
    ǣLets start with the positive things: on this demanding track we were able to get both our drivers in the top ten of qualifying. But we really expected more after the good performance in the second part of qualifying. Robert did not get a perfect lap, and Nick lost about half a second in the final sector of his fast lap. We expect a difficult race tomorrow.

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    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Turkish Grand Prix - Race

    05-11-2008 Press Release
    Weather: Dry, 17??C Air, 27-30??C Track


    Istanbul (TR). The BMW Sauber F1 Team was able to defend second in the constructors’ championship in the FIA Formula One Word Championship by scoring nine points in the Turkish Grand Prix. Robert Kubica came fourth in Istanbul, and Nick Heidfeld followed him home in fifth.


    Robert Kubica: 4th
    BMW Sauber F1.08-03 / BMW P86/8
    Fastest Lap: 1.26.780 min on lap 17 (4th fastest overall)



    “Today the pace of the car was much better than in yesterday’s third qualifying session. I was happy with its balance. I made a very good start and managed to gain two positions. I was then racing Kimi R?ikkonen, but he pitted later and overtook me at the pit stop. I was then a little bit slower than the three guys in front of me, but quicker than the rest of the pack. This was the maximum possible for me today.”

    Nick Heidfeld: 5th
    BMW Sauber F1.08-05 / BMW P86/8
    Fastest Lap: 1.27.219 min on lap 20 (5th fastest overall)



    “This is what I hoped for from 9th on the grid. To finish 5th was the best I could achieve today. I wanted to overtake Jarno Trulli at the start and this worked, then I gained two more positions during the pit stops. After the first stint I had a pretty lonely race and in the end I was even able to reduce the engine revs.”

    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
    “Taking our starting positions of fifth and ninth into account, I am very happy with today’s result. Both drivers gained positions at the start. Kimi R?ikk?nen was able to overtake Robert during his first pit stop as we expected. On the other hand, Nick gained two places during his first pit stop. Fourth and fifth and nine championship points underline the team’s performance today.”




    Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
    “We have scored nine important points. This is more than can be expected if you start from fifth and ninth, therefore we are happy with the results. Both drivers had troublefree races with no errors. Now we are confident as we look forward to Monaco.”







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    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Monaco GP - Preview

    05-16-2008 Press Release
    22nd 25th May 2008
    6th of 18 World Championship races


    Munich/Hinwil, 16th May, 2008. No other Formula One race offers quite the same blend of sport and spectacle as the Monaco Grand Prix. To the outside world, this 78-lap race through the streets of Monaco is the highlight of the Formula One calendar, and it commands a huge worldwide audience. Spectators thrill to the sight of drivers rocketing through the city streets and past the harbour at speeds of over 280 km/h. The more well-heeled onlookers even bring their own floating ringside seats, while others pack the trackside apartments that have been specially vacated and sublet for the occasion.

    The excitement of seeing and being seen is surpassed only by the excitement of driving this circuit. Both the BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, are avowed street circuit fans. And they know that in Monte Carlo far more hangs on the outcome of the Saturday qualifying than in other races of the season. Getting a good place on the grid is half the battle in Monaco, where overtaking opportunities are almost as few and far between as a reasonably priced meal in a local restaurant. The BMW Sauber F1.08 will be set up with a special downforce-maximising aerodynamics package to help it make the quickest possible progress through the unusually large number of tight twists and turns.

    Robert Kubica will already be getting into an urban frame of mind the Sunday before the Monaco Grand Prix, on 18th May, when he drives a BMW Sauber F1 Team car the 11 kilometres from Faenza to Brisighella in Italy to pick up a special kind of Formula One award the Lorenzo Bandini trophy.

    Winning such a tradition-rich trophy means a lot to the 23-year-old Pole. ǣThis is a big honour for me, and it comes as a surprise given the rather disappointing season I had in 2007. Its great that some people seem to believe in me and my abilities. I am particularly pleased that this award also has to do with my performance off the race track and that attitudes and actions that I dont really stop to think about have earned me an award like this. Im really looking forward to the drive, too. That will be the icing on the cake!

    Kubica isnt the only team member to be honoured at the event in Brisighella. Peter Sauber will be picking up a trophy too for his lifetime achievements. Further information is available from the Associazione ǣTrofeo Lorenzo Bandini, Gianni.Cattaneo@acimi.it.


    Thoughts on Monaco:


    Nick Heidfeld:
    ǣIm a real fan of narrow street circuits like this. Lots of people have tried to describe what its like driving through these streets that are like canyons in a Formula One car. Ive never been able to think of a comparison that really does it justice, so I wont even try. You simply have to experience it for yourself. This is a circuit thats totally unforgiving of even the smallest driving error. If you run out of road, theres nowhere to go except into a crash barrier.

    ǣMonaco goes quite crazy during Grand Prix weekend. The town and the harbour are all packed to bursting point. Of all the GP races, this is definitely the one that has the most to offer spectators. For one thing, theres nowhere else you can get so close to the action. The engine noise is stupendous and the razzmatazz is simply unique. I always enjoy coming to Monaco. That said, I have to admit its all a bit too frenzied for me in the long run, which is why a few years ago I decided to move to Switzerland.


    Robert Kubica:
    ǣI am really looking forward to Monaco. I was very strong there in 2007 and I am a big fan of narrow street circuits with barriers right next to the track. Monaco is one of these tight and narrow circuits. There are three or four really nice corners like the swimming pool chicane or the Casino section. The track is quite tricky to understand and it is not easy to find the right set-up of the car in Monaco. Without traction control it will be an even bigger challenge to drive there. We will have to see how our car suits the track. I hope this works at least as well as last year and I expect a good result.


    Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director:
    ǣMonaco is one of the great institutions in Formula One. Like Spa, Monza and Silverstone, its one of those circuits that have made Formula One what it is today. Monaco is Formula One up close and personal. Nowhere else do spectators get quite so close to the action as in the streets of the Principality. And no other Grand Prix is as famous or as glamorous as this one. The yachts, the parties, the show business nowhere are they such an integral part of the Formula One experience as here.

    ǣIn sporting terms, the important thing in Monaco is driving precision, a good aerodynamics package to add as much downforce as possible, and an engine with good drivability at low revs. On reliability, Im very satisfied with our record so far. With five races behind us, weve driven the maximum number of race laps possible at this stage in the season apart from the 11 laps Robert lost in the first Grand Prix in Australia, after his accident with Kazuki Nakajima. Weve finished well into the points in all our races so far, and well be aiming to repeat that in Monaco.


    Willy Rampf, Technical Director:
    ǣIn the absence of traction control, Monaco will be a very special challenge this year for both the drivers and the engineers. Traction is all-important at this venue, where accelerating out of so many slow corners puts a really heavy strain on the rear tyres. Only the softest tyre compounds will be used.

    ǣMonaco is also the Formula One race with the lowest average speed, so everyone does all they can to maximise downforce and cooling. Downforce is more important on this circuit than aerodynamic efficiency. And since on this closed-in street circuit even the smallest mistake can catapult you out of the race at a moments notice, the drivers have to find a set-up that allows them to steer a very precise line between the barriers. In my view, this circuit should suit us well.


    Facts and figures:

    Circuit/Date: Monte Carlo/25th May 2008
    Start time (local/UTC): 14.00 hrs/12.00 hrs
    Lap/Race distance: 3.340 km/260.520 km (78 laps)
    Corners: 12 right-hand and 7 left-hand corners
    Winner 2007: Fernando Alonso, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, 1 hr 40:29.329 min
    Pole position 2007: Fernando Alonso, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, 1:15.726 min
    Fastest lap 2007: Fernando Alonso, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, 1:15.284 min

    Data 2007 (race):
    Full-throttle percentage: 42%
    Top speed: 286 km/h
    Longest stretch at full throttle: 8 sec / 510 m
    Gear changes per lap: 54
    Tyre wear: medium
    Brake wear: high
    Downforce level: very high


    Nick Heidfeld
    Date of birth: 10.05.1977
    Place of birth: M?nchengladbach/Germany
    Nationality: German
    Residence: St?fa, Switzerland
    Marital status: Partner Patricia Papen, daughter Juni, son Joda
    Height: 1.67 m
    Weight: 61 kg
    F1 debut: 2000, Melbourne
    GP starts: 139
    Pole positions: 1
    Wins: -
    Podium places: 8
    Fastest laps: 1
    Best placing: 5th (2007)
    Total points: 160
    Points 2008: 20 (5th place)

    Robert Kubica
    Date of birth: 07.12.1984
    Place of birth: Krakow/Poland
    Nationality: Polish
    Residence: Monaco
    Marital status: Single
    Height: 1.84 m
    Weight: 69 kg
    F1 debut: 2006, Budapest
    GP starts: 27
    Pole positions: 1
    Wins: -
    Podium places: 3
    Fastest laps: -
    Best placing: 6th (2007)
    Total points: 69
    Points 2008: 24 (4th place)


    BMW Sauber F1 Team
    Founded: 01.01.2006
    Locations: Munich (DE) and Hinwil (CH)
    F1 debut: 2006, Melbourne
    GP starts: 40
    Pole positions: 1
    Wins: -
    Podium places: 7 (4 x 3rd / 3 x 2nd)
    Fastest laps: 1

    World Championship placings
    5th (2006), 36 points
    2nd (2007), 101 points
    2nd (2008), 44 points after 5 GPs


    History and background:

    The Monaco circuit is the shortest GP course in the calendar at 3.340 kilometres. Nowhere else does a race cover more laps (78). The race distance of 260.520 kilometres is the shortest of the season.

    Monaco has hosted 54 Grands Prix since 1950. The length of the course has fluctuated between 3.145 km and 3.370 kilometres. For the first 14 GPs the race distance covered 100 laps. The most successful driver in Monaco to date remains Ayrton Senna with six wins.

    Only since 2004 have there been garages for the cars along the pit lane in Monaco. Prior to that, teams had to push the cars back and forth between makeshift garages in the paddock or an underground garage for each practice and qualifying session and the race.

    On Fridays, the Formula One engines traditionally remain switched off in Monaco. That is why the first two free practice sessions are held on Thursday.

    Covering an area of 1.97 square kilometres, Monaco is the worlds second smallest independent state after the Vatican. It comprises the districts of Monte Carlo, La Condamine, Fontvieille, Le Larvotto, Les Moneghetti and Monaco Ville. The total population of this state, which imposes neither income tax nor inheritance tax, is 33,300. Of these, 5,070 are true Monegasques. Monaco has the highest population density of any state in the world. The head of this constitutional hereditary monarchy is Prince Albert II.

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    Monaco GP - Thursday Practice




    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Monaco GP - Practice
    05-22-2008 Press Release
    Weather: partly sunny, partly overcast, 19-20 ??C Air, 19-37??C Track





    Monte Carlo (MC). Both BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld, had a troublefree second practice session in preparation for the worlds most famous Grand Prix, and they stayed well away from Monte Carlos crash barriers. In the first session Heidfeld was forced to park his F1.08 next to the Caf? de Paris due to an engine failure. For the second session he had a fresh engine, which the regulations allow up to Saturday.


    Robert Kubica:
    BMW Sauber F1.08-03 / BMW P86/8
    1st Practice: 6th, 1:16.834 min / 2nd Practice: 6th, 1:16.296 min
    ǣThe two practice sessions were quite ok today. It was a very busy Thursday and we covered a lot of laps. We now have to see how we can improve the car for Saturday.


    [img]http://m1ka.smugmug.com/photos/300040658_BqkBS-L.jpg[img]


    Nick Heidfeld:
    BMW Sauber F1.08-05 / BMW P86/8
    1st Practice: 14th, 1:18.263 min / 2nd Practice: 11th, 1:16.426 min
    ǣIn the first session I realized the engine was losing power, so then looked to find a good spot to stop. Of course the failure cost us running time and data, but we still managed to make several changes to the car for the second session. It was a general improvement. Taking into account it is Monaco, I would say my car is very driveable.





    Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
    We were not able to complete our normal programme. This was because there were some interruptions during the sessions. Beside that we had to change the engine on Nicks car after the first session. We repeated some of the things we did at our latest test in Paul Ricard, because the track characteristics here in Monaco are very special. Because of this we used the wheel covers at the front. Now we have more than a day to evaluate the data, before we concentrate on the qualifying set-up for Saturday.









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    Quote Originally Posted by M1ka View Post
    Sweet! Thanks for the pics.

    This is the F1 race around which I am trying to plan a motocycle trip to Europe next year (along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a MotoGP race). At the rate BMW is improving, and McLaren-Mercedes seems to be degrading, next year at this time I might get to watch BMW fighting for the win and the world championship!
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    UNOFFICAL GRID : Grand Prix of Monaco

    The provisional grid has a Ferrari row 1, McLaren row 2 and Robert Kubica sitting in P5.

    P # Name Team
    1 2 Massa Ferrari
    2 1 Raikkonen Ferrari
    3 22 Hamilton McLaren
    4 23 Kovalainen McLaren
    5 4 Kubica BMW Sauber
    6 7 Rosberg Williams
    7 5 Alonso Renault
    8 11 Trulli Toyota
    9 10 Webber Red Bull
    10 9 Coulthard Red Bull
    11 12 Glock Toyota
    12 16 Button Honda
    13 3 Heidfeld BMW Sauber
    14 8 Nakajima Williams
    15 17 Barrichello Honda
    16 14 Bourdais Toro Rosso
    17 6 Piquet Renault
    18 15 Vettel Toro Rosso
    19 20 Sutil Force India
    20 21 Fisichello Force India



    For BMW fans the bad news is Nick Heidfeld did not make it out of Q2!

    David Coulthard was in P10 at the end of Q2 when he went hard into the wall. He could not participate in Q3 because of the damage to his cars right side.

    Will it rain on Sunday? This is the big question.

    The grid is VERY provisional. There were a number of penalties that needed to assess coming into to qualifying. Coulthard and Red Bull may end up with a penalty depending on what needs to be done to make his ride race worthy.

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    The schedule differs for the Grand Prix of Monaco swapping the normal routines and making Thursday the practice day and Friday a promotional or rest day.

    BMW has a history of providing its drivers with motorcycles and doing some promotional shots. This year BMW has pulled out the stops with Heidfeld and his F1 ride making an appearance at the Berlin manufacturing plant and appearing on the BMW Web.tv promotional site along with all the normal promo activities. F1 is huge in Europe making it a good promotional vehicle for the motorrad line.

    Friday, Nick Heidfeld went for a motorcycle ride, with a camera man in tow, on a new HP2 in the south of France on Friday.










    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Monaco GP Qualifying
    05-24-2008 Press Release
    Weather: light rain during practice, dry during Qualifying. 19-21??C Air, 19-29??C Track

    Monte Carlo (MC). Robert Kubica qualified fifth for the Monaco Grand Prix. For his team mate a sequence came to a stop: for 28 consecutive races Nick Heidfeld had qualified in the top ten, but in Monaco he only came 13th. A red flag after an accident for David Coulthard robbed him of his last opportunity to get a top ten position.

    Light rain in the morning gave a taste of what a wet race would be like in Monaco. For Kubica and Heidfeld the third practice session was trouble free. Kubica especially dealt well with these tricky conditions.


    Robert Kubica:
    BMW Sauber F1.08-03 / BMW P86/8
    Qualifying 5th, 1:16.171 min (3rd Practice: 5th, 1:17.687 min)
    ǣAgain we showed we have a good pace. I was pushing on every single lap of qualifying and this was all I could do today. Unfortunately on my last flying lap I had Lewis Hamilton in front of me. He did not hold me up, but whenever you have another car in front of you there is some kind of a risk. On my out lap I tried to widen the gap to Lewis so as to have no traffic. My tyres cooled down too much and I was very slow in the first sector of my quick lap.ǣ




    Nick Heidfeld:
    BMW Sauber F1.08-05 / BMW P86/8
    Qualifying 13th, 1:16.455 min (3rd Practice: 18th, 1:19.024 min)
    ǣUnfortunately I dont have much to say: my qualifying result is disappointing. Here in Monaco I cant heat up the tyres quickly enough.




    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
    ǣFrom a technical point of view our qualifying was ok. Certainly, we are disappointed with Nick ending up 13th. Robert showed a good pace and was able to fight for the top positions. In the end he even could have been a position further up the grid, but fifth is ok.ǣ

    Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
    ǣIn the third Free Practice we had changing weather conditions. Therefore it was difficult to find the perfect set-up. In Q1 and Q2 Robert managed to get the results we expected. In Q3 he was not able to set the time we hoped for. In the end he missed the second row of the grid by six thousands of a second. Anyway, fifth is a good starting position. Meanwhile for Nick it will be a lot more difficult to score points in Monaco from 13th on the grid. However, for Sunday changing weather conditions are predicted, so we might see a surprise.ǣ




















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    url=http://www.formula1.com/news/]Formula 1[/url] Grand Prix of Monaco

    P1 Hamilton McLaren
    P2 Kubica BMW Sauber
    P3 Massa Ferrari

    Fantastic race for Kubica finishing in P2!
    Heidfeld has a disastrous race finishing last of the running field and 4 laps down.

    The BMW Sauber team slips to third in the constructors championship but definitely still in the hunt for a legitimate P2 over all.

    Ferrai
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    BMW Sauber F1 Team - Monaco GP – Race
    05-25-2008 Press Release
    Weather: Rain at the start, drying out later. Air: 19-21, Track: 19-22


    Monte Carlo (MC). Finishing second in the most prestigious Grand Prix of the year, Robert Kubica made sure he took part in the podium celebrations held in the principality’s famous winners’ lounge. It was the team’s fourth podium this season and their eighth overall. Kubica’s team mate, Nick Heidfeld, who has four podiums to his credit, had a black Sunday. Having started from 12th he had improved to fifth when Fernando Alonso (Renault) hit the side of his car on lap 14. In the end Heidfeld brought his damaged F1.08 to the chequered flag in 14th and last place.

    Robert Kubica: 2nd
    BMW Sauber F1.08-03 / BMW P86/8
    Fastest Lap: 1:17.933 min on lap 75 (5th fastest overall)
    “I am very happy with the result. I didn’t expect us to have the pace to finish second. It was a great race with very difficult driving conditions, and we did not expect such heavy rain. I had visibility and tyre problems throughout the whole race. I was trying to do as few mistakes as possible, as it is very dangerous if you make a mistake here.“



    Nick Heidfeld: 14th
    BMW Sauber F1.08-05 / BMW P86/8
    Fastest Lap: 1:20.251 min on lap 72 (14th fastest overall)
    “After the awful qualifying yesterday the early laps of the race went very well for me, despite the tricky track conditions. I was up to fifth, but unfortunately Fernando Alonso made a mistake and crashed into the side of my car. This caused heavy damage to the left hand side of my car, and due to a puncture I had to pit. I was then last and, because of the damaged car, I had no chance at all to improve. It is a Sunday to forget. But this is not too easy.”



    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):
    “We expected a drama here in Monaco and the Weather God gave it to us. It was essential to continuously adjust our race strategy according to the weather and the incidents on the track. With Robert this worked perfectly, so he was able to move up from fifth on the grid to second. Nick had an exceptionally good start and had fought his way through to fifth when his car was damaged in a collision. This dropped him out of the points. It was our fourth podium in 2008 and a strong performance from the team.”

    Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
    “This was not a race for the nervous. The conditions at the start were very difficult. Because of the uncertainty over the weather it was crucial to make the right tyre decision for the first stint. Robert stayed cool and, even during the period with the worst visibility, he didn’t make any mistake. We continuously had to adapt our strategy, so it was a true challenge for the engineers on the pit wall. Nick gained a lot of places after the start, and was doing well in the race in fifth when he was the victim of a crash and ended up at the back of the pack in a hopeless situation. After the fourth podium this year we are quite happy with the amount of points we have scored in the first third of the season.”


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    Montreal - One lap with Nick Heidfeld


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