LITESPORT 38 Friday, 24 July 2009 London Lite AUSSIES FACE ATestwicket willbelike jellyinsists Edgbaston bossRouse New boy Jaime is last in first practiceJAIME ALGUERSUARI suffered just one minor glitch during the first practice session of his F1 career -- but still finished bottom of the standings. Despite other drivers expressing their concerns at Alguersuaris introduction into the sport at such an early age -- he has even been derided as a dangerman in some quarters -- the young Spaniard came through 90 minutes and 42 laps at the Hungaroring relatively unscathed. At 19 years 126 days, Alguersuari will become the youngest driver in history when he competes in Sundays Hungarian Grand Prix. The first couple of laps were a little like watching Bambi on ice as Alguersuari tentatively made his way around the 2.7 mile track. His first timed lap was a one minute 34.716 seconds, a full 19 seconds adrift of the fastest lap set in last years race. Slowly but surely, the British F3 champion chipped away at that, and within 10 laps had managed to shave nine seconds off the time. Alguersuari finished with a time of 1:24.228, just 1.950secs behind leader Heikki Kovalainen, and 0.230secs off team-mate Sebastien Buemi in 19th. Alguersuaris only mistake came on one of his returns to the pits as he stalled the car at the top of the lane. McLaren enjoyed a good session with Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton first and third. Kovalainen knocked Williams Nico Rosberg off top spot within moments of the German displacing reigning world champion Hamilton. Toyotas Jarno Trulli, the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso in his Renault, and then Button in his Brawn GP completed the top 10. Fellow title challengers Rubens Barrichello and Sebastien Vettel were 13th and 15th. BY GEOFF TEATHER On the beaten track: Jaime Alguersuari, 19 Inbrief Seve farewell is Open secret SEVE BALLESTEROS has vowed to play at next years Open despite struggling with his vision following surgery on a brain tumour. The Spaniard, a three-time Open champion wants to make a final major appearance to bid farewell to his fans. He told BBC Sport: With putting I have to make a mark on the ball then use it to line up the putter. I have also lost the perception of distance for long putts. Nelsons fit of pique over F1 NELSON PIQUET has revealed he has no idea whether he will see out the remainder of the current Formula One season. Ahead of Sundays Hungarian Grand Prix, Piquet said: It is not 100percent settled for the rest of this season. That is why I am going to do my job and let my father (his manager) do the rest. These days a contract in F1 doesnt mean much. Weve seen several cases of drivers and teams breaking contracts. All roads Leeds to Grand Final LEEDS coach Brian McClennan hopes tonights near sell-out clash at Wigan provides a stepping stone to the real big one in October. Leeds could move top of the table if they secure a seventh successive victory while Wigan, after winning their last four, are now firmly in the play-off reckoning. McClennan said: The big one for us is the Grand Final at Old Trafford, tonights game is just for two points, but it is important. Bad break for Baths Barkley OLLY BARKLEY is set to miss the start of his return season to Bath after breaking his leg in Portugal. The England centre, who resigned from Gloucester in April, cracked the fibula in his left leg at the clubs training camp in Portugal yesterday. The Bath media manager Kate Oram said: It appears to be a straightforward fracture and the medical people have said the normal recovery time should be about six weeks. Juan to watch in the Super 14 STADE FRANCAIS team manager Ewen McKenzie has confirmed Juan Martin Hernandez is on his way to Super 14 side the Sharks. Neither club have officially confirmed the transfer, but McKenzie revealed the Argentina fly-half will leave Paris and play for the South African outfit for the next 12 months. Hernandez spent much of last season alternating between fly-half and full-back with French star Lionel Beauxis. Qualifying: Tomorrow, liveonBBC1,12.10pm Race: Sunday,liveonBBC1,12.10pm HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX DRIVERS RACE 1 J BUTTON (GB, Brawn GP)..................68pts 2 S VETTEL (Ger, Red Bull)..........................47 3 M WEBBER (Aus, Red Bull)..................45.5 4 R BARRICHELLO (Bra, Brawn GP)........44 5 F MASSA (Bra, Ferrari).............................22 6 J TRULLI (Ita, Toyota).............................21.5 7 N ROSBERG (Ger, Williams).................20.5 8 T GLOCK (Ger, Toyota)..............................13 9 F ALONSO (Spa, Toyota)...........................13 10 K RAIKKONEN (Fin, Ferrari)...................10 CONSTRUCTORS 1 BRAWN..............................................112pts 2 RED BULL.................................................92.5 3 TOYOTA.....................................................34.5 4 FERRARI .......................................................32 5 WILLIAMS...............................................20.5 6 McLAREN.....................................................14 7 RENAULT ......................................................13 8 BMW SAUBER .............................................8 6 TORO ROSSO................................................5 10 FORCE INDIA ............................................. 0 THE SERIES FIRST TEST Cardiff, match drawn SECOND TEST Lords, England win THIRD TEST Edgbaston, 30 July-3 Aug FOURTH TEST Headingley, 7-11 Aug FIFTH TEST The Brit Oval, 20-24 Aug BY NEAL COLLINS AUSTRALIAsufferedanewAshesblow today when Steve Rouse, the Edgbaston groundsman, announced his pitch for next Thursdays third Test in Birming- ham will be a nightmare. With England 1-0 up in crickets 137- year-old showdown, the tourists are already struggling with injury, form and troublesome mothers Down Under. Heavy rain over the past 10 days has seriously hampered preparations and with more summer showers forecast over the next week, the outlook is wor- rying for Rouse and his team. He said: In the last 10 days we have had two actual dry days and the Test wicket now is a bit like a jelly. Its a nightmare. Ive got to try to dry that out between now and next Wednesday because the wicket has to be ready a day before. The chances of getting that solid, three or four inches down? Ive got no chance. Not with the weather systems coming in. Rouse experienced similar problems before his last Ashes Test in 2005, when whatamountedtoatornadohitBirming- ham and three inches of rain put him four days behind schedule. Those conditions produced one of the most thrilling Test matches of all time with the Australians losing by two runs to turn the series Englands way. A damp strip is likely to suit the home attack, with Jimmy Anderson particu- larly adept at utilising the conditions offered by a typical English summer. The Aussies on the other hand have Brett Lee injured, Mitchell Johnson struggling to cope with the fall-out between his mother and his fiance and opening batsman Phillip Hughes yet to produce a decent Ashes knock. Hughes attempt to play himself back in to some sort of Test form was scup- pered when he was out for just 10 in the tourists clash at Northampton today. 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