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Honda prepare to welcome in their fresh start

Honda will follow the lead of Ferrari, McLaren, Toyota and BMW Sauber this week as they hold the official launch of their 2008 challenger, the RA108. The Japanese squad are hoping to wow guests assembled at their UK base in Brackley on Tuesday.
After enduring a disastrous 2007 campaign, during which they scored just six points, Honda could have easily eschewed a glitzy presentation in favour of a more low-key approach. There is, however, a real desire within the team to turn their fortunes around in 2008 and their fans will no doubt hope the decision to hold an official launch is indicative of a renewed optimism.

New Honda revealed in Spain

With the Spanish sun shining high in the sky, Hondas new challenger made its track debut on Wednesday morning at Valencia. For its maiden outing the RA108 was placed in the experienced hands of race driver Rubens Barrichello.
Honda, who endured a bitterly disappointing 2007 campaign, hope the new car will help them improve their form during the coming season, which will be overseen by new team principal Ross Brawn.

Another solid day for new Renault

Renault was on track again today in Valencia, Spain to continue developing the new R28. The team benefited from near-perfect track conditions with the sun shining and spring temperatures throughout the afternoon. Fernando Alonso was again at the wheel of the R28-01, and continued with set-up work this morning, varying the balance of the car and evaluating the changes. He then concentrated on completing some long runs in the afternoon to test the reliability of different aspects of the car and to gather as much data as possible.

BMW Sauber wrap up exclusive Valencia test

With race drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica in attendance, BMW Sauber concluded their three-day private test at Valencia on Friday. Sunny and dry conditions throughout saw the duo enjoy a productive session at the Spanish circuit.
Heidfeld took charge of the teams new F1.08 for a second day. Despite a mechanical problem with the cars power steering, the German covered 91 laps in total as he continued carrying out set-up work. His team mate Kubica, meanwhile, drove the older F1.07B and completed 42 laps.

Honda to test RA108, Kogure this week

Honda have announced plans to kick start their 2008 campaign in style at this week's multi-team test in Valencia. Not only will the media get a sneak preview of the new RA108, ahead of its official launch later this month, but the squad also plan to test Japanese hopeful Takashi Kogure at the Spanish circuit.
Kogure will have the opportunity to drive the older RA107 during Wednesday and Thursday, as part of the Formula Dream Project through which Honda supports promising young drivers. The 27 year-old races for the company in the Formula Nippon and Super GT Series in Japan.

New Williams breaks cover in Spain

In damp and foggy conditions, Williams 2008 challenger made its track debut on Monday morning. Test driver Nico Hulkenberg was the man behind the wheel as the FW30 emerged from the garage at Spains Valencia circuit.
Poor visibility, however, meant that Hulkenberg completed just one installation lap in the Toyota-powered car before the session had to be suspended. The team are hoping to be able to continue work later in the day, assuming conditions improve.

Continuity key to new Williams, says Michael

With the competitive and reliable platform of last years FW29 to work with, the new Williams challenger is as much a product of stability as it is innovation. Thats according to the teams technical director Sam Michael, who was on hand as test driver Nico Hulkenberg gave the FW30 its track debut on Monday in Valencia, Spain.
“With four years of regulation stability, we have a good basis to be progressive about the development of this seasons car,” explained Michael. “With a good reliability record last year, we have been able to build on this quality while also turning some of our attention to clear performance objectives.”

F1.08 a ‘radical evolution, says Rampf

The sound basis provided by last years F1.07 has allowed BMW Saubers engineers to channel their energies into innovative developments for this years F1.08. Thats according to technical director Willy Rampf, who was on hand to explain the changes to the teams new car as it was unveiled in Munich on Monday.

New BMW Sauber ‘a big step forward

BMW Sauber have presented the car they hope will finally put them on the top step of the podium this year, following their strong 2007 showing. The wraps came off the F1.08 at BMWs Munich facility on Monday, with team principal Mario Theissen declaring it a major advance on its predecessor.
“It includes everything we have learnt and experienced in the first two years - it will be a big step forward again,” said Theissen, who led BMW Sauber to second place in the 2007 constructors championship.

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De Villiers wins Dakar car race

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 17 (Reuters) - South African Giniel De Villiers won the Dakar rally on Saturday after a narrow victory in the final stage of the controversial race.
De Villiers, who twice benefited after previous leaders dropped out during the two-week event, finished the 227 kms timed section of the stage from Cordoba to Buenos Aires in one hour 35 minutes 43 seconds.

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