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Brit GP: pole day

You’ve got to take your hat off to McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen. While everyone else focussed on what Lewis Hamilton was going to do, Heikki kept his focus and got on with the job at hand, which landed him the grandest prize of the day: pole position at the British Grand Prix.

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Brit GP: DC steps down

The Thursday press conference is usually something to be got through on the day you arrive at a Grand Prix. Three drivers are selected by the FIA and they must appear on pain of receiving a large fine. Most of them reflect the obligation in their disinterested replies. Today was different; the three Brits appeared.

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Testing times

Renault’s Fernando Alonso was involved in some red flag action at yesterday’s Silverstone F1 test, with his engine giving up in the morning and then a spin into the gravel a few laps after lunch.

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Die-hard

I don’t support an F1 team. I think die-hard fans of one team or another find this hard to understand. I don’t think they get how I can love watching Formula 1 just for the sake of it. But honestly, I do.

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‘Konen the destroyer

Some how it had completely slipped my mind straight after yesterday’s French Grand Prix what a knife-edge Kimi Raikkonen had been driving on. His car was trying to destroy itself for the second half of the race, forcing Kimi to turn down the wick and nurse his car to the finish line.

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Trulli: ‘We all needed this result’

The happiest man in the place today was Jarno Trulli, and the entire paddock was pleased for the Italian and the Toyota team. There were many reasons, not least that the team’s first podium since the start of 2006 came just over a week after the tragic death of Ove Andersson.

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Harsh but fair

Okay, let’s cut to the chase. Lewis Hamilton’s drive-through penalty was harsh – but what else could the officials do? There is no lesser punishment and there is no question that Hamilton gained an advantage when he passed the Toro Rosso of Sebastian Vettel going into Turn 6.

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Rule Britannia. Not

It was an awful race day for the Brits at the F1 Grand Prix in Magny Cours, France, with Jenson Button again crashing out, David Coulthard having an uninspiring day for ninth and Lewis Hamilton’s drive-through penalty compounding the pain of a ten place grid drop at the start.

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