Jerez test March 2009 – Day 5 – Final test of the year 2009

The pre-season testing ended today with last day of testing in Jerez. Kazuki Nakajima and Heikki Kovalainen were on track, both posted impressive times … Nakajima’s 1:17.494 is the fastest time of the week in Jerez. This is not making the predictions for the opening race of the season any easier …

Test times Jerez, March 19, 2009:

1. Nakajima – Williams – 1:17.494 – 102 laps
2. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:17.946 – 84 laps

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  1. Nic B 205No Gravatar says:

    I had written off Williams and Macca.
    Even if these are low fuel quali sims, they’re extremely quick.
    I’m going to stick to my round 1 prediction though

  2. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    Very quick indeed.

    I think there is going to be some extremely focused F1 fans on the first practice sessions on Friday!

    I can’t even being to predict my own tips yet, i swear everytime i even stop to think about them, i change my mind as to who will win and who will be on the front row or who is really going to be fast come race day compared to qualifying time, lol.

    This is hard stuff!!!

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      “I can’t even being to predict my own tips yet, i swear everytime i even stop to think about them, i change my mind as to who will win and who will be on the front row or who is really going to be fast come race day compared to qualifying time, lol. ”

      Something which I’m feeling too :P

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  3. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder what times would the other teams post if they stayed for extra 2 days. The times by Williams and McLaren are impressive when compared to times from previous days, but the track conditions may not have been the same – temperature, rubber on track …

    Friday in Melbourne may not reveal much, may have to wait for Saturday , but that is only about a week away now :-)

    I hope this year it will not be as hot hot hot as in 2008, I can definitelly do without 40+ temperatures :-)

  4. ArunNo Gravatar says:

    why can’t the teams breakaway? get organiser company for the races, lesser ticket cost so more money for the organization, someone to police the teams with the leader chosen democratically, and since the track won’t have to pay the sultan of brunei’s fortune (err 199 mil) to hold a race, better tracks, better spectacle, money from the media, and currently no concorde agreement. I think things can’t become better than present to break away from the idiots’ clutches and give the motor racing fans a real treat!!!
    Why can’t they do? money? legality? non-agreement within the teams? Maybe this could make you wear the thinking cap while we all are experiencing the ‘a crescendo as we long for it all to begin’ :)

    Your thoughts are much appreciated

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I think technically it would not be that difficult to start a breakaway. but all the teams would have to hold together (or majority), the manufacturer teams would probably have to explain to their mother companies why they prefer to leave the glamour of F1 ( saying “becaucse F1 wants us spend less and develop more” probably would not down too well) and start probably free spending breakaway series.

      the other exclamation mark everybody can see is what happened in the US with IRL and Champ Cars …

      but none of what I said means that the breakaway is impossible

      • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

        It simply wouldn’t be F1 anymore, making a private series championship would rise the costs much more than they’re now going on. And not everybody has the same amount to pay their entrance, although this would take time to prepare the layer for a new competition, it’s good that F2 has been renewed nowadays. It’s a way to exit for the little teams and if the big brothers decide to extinct their F1 license and build a championship by their own… That’s OK for everybody.
        However, who would take part in the management and regulation? Can’t be taken by the teams, as there will be such problem as who is doing more for themselves and gets benefit? We would somehow fall again in the same problem in the future, with less reaction capacity and credibility. Making an agreement happen in the actual situation is difficult given the ideals from each team’s management board, but trying to make it happen with some of their utopia ideas by themselves… Not impossible, but really difficult in that case. Not just how to build that thing, set the rules and chose with an accord the management’s body. It’s pretty difficult already to find agreement on who should become a contester in that championship, because would turn into a business seeking for the best revenue, they all would bite each other…

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    • SarahNo Gravatar says:

      And then what? Go back to pre-Bernie days where there was no cohesion, where not many teams used to participate? It will not work! There will be too much infighting. Now they have a common enemy in Bernie/Max/FIA. Later, they will have none except themselves.

      One other thing you need to consider is the fact that FOTA has good ties with CVC Capital, the license holder of F1. Let’s wait and watch what happens once CVC’s deal comes to an end in 2011. Will they sell their stake or stick on? If you see they are only committed to F1 “typically targets a three- to five-year investment holding period.”


      • SarahNo Gravatar says:

        The new MOU between the teams and CVC is that both will stay on till 2012, “50 per cent of F1’s underlying profits and agreed to race until 2012. So, unless Bernie and Max are retired, we are stuck with the same scenario until 2012.

  5. SarahNo Gravatar says:

    Boy, am I glad that my predictions that Kazaks is gonna Kamikaize away with the best times in testing coming right or what! And sadly, this happened last year too…but did not reflect in race pace…as I said several times on BR in relation to Brawn GP timings, testing is more or less not a real indication of who will do good on Q1, Q2, Q3, Race day

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