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Again, experts like Autosport’s Mark Hughes and Team Principles think Ferrari has the fastest car right now. But it’s not that simple, even if the car has a great pace on longer runs.

Both last year and in 2007, Ferrari started the season as favorites, but McLaren was close, especially last year. The two teams dominated the tests and whole season.

I don’t like the comments like “tests don’t show the real pace of a car.”

But as last year (and even 2006) showed, any given car can shine in the season, just like any given team can shine. There are always surprises, as in 2007 with BMW, and in 2008 with Toro Rosso…  Details


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As countdown to the Australian Grand Prix later this month continued, Kimi Raikkonen put the Ferrari F50 atop time charts in Tuesday’s Formula One testing at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain. He put more than a half-second on next-fastest Kazuki Nakajima in a Williams FW31.

Starting on a damp track, the Finn a year off his world championship enjoyed morning clouds that parted for sunshine and track temperatures that neared 80 degrees Fahrenheit as he lapped the 2.8-mile course in 1 minute, 20.314 seconds. Nakajima toured in 1:20.907. Then to confirm high hopes, Rubens Barrichello followed…  Details

Ross Brawn insists Jenson Button’s sterling pace at the wheel of the new BGP001 on Monday was genuine.

Despite the Brackley based team sitting out most of the winter amid uncertainty about its future, the rebranded ‘Brawn GP’ car had heads turning at Barcelona as it went against every other rival car.

Button topped the morning session with the Mercedes-powered machine and was bettered only by the impressive BMW, Ferrari and Toyota by close of play at the Spanish venue.

But was the pace genuine or had the team drained the fuel tanks, possibly in a bid to entice sponsors?

“If everyone knew how much fuel we had on board, they would be surprised,” Brawn told Auto Motor und Sport…  Details


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The Pro Wakeboard Tour has announced its 2009 schedule, which debuts 3 new tour stops. The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will kick off its 18th season with its first stop of the year in Fort Worth at Texas MasterCraft on May 29-31.

The second stop of the season will take place at …  Details


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