Three more new cars to debut at Valencia

Mon, 21 January 2008, 12:54

Three more new formula one cars will make their track debuts at this week’s Valencia group test.

The 2008 Renault R28, piloted by former world champion Fernando Alonso, will be the first to appear on Monday, alongside the new Toyota-powered Williams FW30.

Renault will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, with most other teams to begin running on Tuesday through to Thursday.

Later this week, the 2008 specification RA108 Honda, in interim colours, will make its debut.

Some sources are reporting that Super Aguri will be the only team absent from the tests at Ricardo Tormo, following the Japanese squad’s overheating problems at Jerez last week.

Media reports in Spain suggest that 5,000 spectators are expected at the circuit every day, particularly on Tuesday which is a public holiday in the region.

Peter Sauber, the founder and consultant for the BMW-Sauber team, said the formula one world will gets its “first clues” about the likely pecking-order for 2008 at Valencia.

“But there will still be many question marks, even though we analyse the performance of our opponents very carefully,” the Swiss wrote in a column for the newspaper Blick.

“We won’t know what the other teams are doing,” Sauber said.

“Additionally, especially for the top teams, a lot of new aerodynamic pieces will not be seen until just before the season starts.”

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