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NEWS REVIEW - PUBLISHED ON MAY 11TH 2009
Spain news wrap-up
AUTOSPORT brings you a Monday morning summary of the biggest headlines from throughout the Formula 1 weekend

  By Matt Beer
 
 

With the diffuser controversy and lying scandal resolved, it was the FIA's budget cap plan - and particularly its two-tier aspect - that monopolised the headlines at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Toyota became the first team to declare that it could not enter the 2010 world championship under current conditions, with the FIA and FOTA set for talks before Monaco in a bid to resolve a deadlock with potentially huge implication for Formula 1.

Back on track, it was business as usual for Brawn and Jenson Button, as last year's benchmark teams found that they still had some way to go to catch the white cars even with the swathe of upgrades introduced for the start of the European season.

THE ACTIONJenson Button

Button tops first practice in Spain

Williams duo lead second practice

Ferrari takes one-two in final practice

Button flies to Spanish GP pole

Button leads Brawn 1-2 at Spanish GP


THE BIG STORIES

FOTA calls for talks over budget cap

Button: Too early for title thoughts

Theissen in warning over two-tier F1

Alonso: Hamilton will restore reputation

Rosberg expresses weight loss concerns

Newey: Red Bull 'hunger' key to title

Teams hope cuts don't reduce challenge

Toyota warns it may not lodge entry

Ecclestone: Formula 1 is Ferrari

Brawn: Car push vital for title hopes

Whitmarsh: F1 at a 'critical' point

Di Montezemolo, Mosley set for cap talks

Hamilton: 'No hope' of results at present

Massa says championship is over

Brawn denies team orders suggestions

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Grand Prix Gold: Spain 1981
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Stat Attack: Spain (post-race)
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Bamber's Week
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SuperStats: Spanish Grand Prix
By David Wright
Online: What's eating Lewis Hamilton
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  ABOUT MATT BEER
Matt Beer originally joined autosport.com as a weekend editor in the website's early days from 1998 to 2001, before spending several years writing for other motorsport websites, covering UK national racing, working for teams and drivers, and getting some degrees.

He returned to the autosport.com fold for the start of the 2006 season and has remained on board ever since. Alongside his journalistic career, Matt is a director of a company that runs several award-winning theatres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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