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
Day 4 of Jerez action. The pre-season testing ended yesterday for 8 teams, only McLaren and Williams were still in action today with Heikki Kovalainen and Kazuki Nakajima. The MP4-24 got quicker in Kovalainen’s hands today, he posted the best time of the week for McLaren. Tomorrow will be the last day of pre-season testing, McLaren will have the track all to themselves.
Test times Jerez, March 18, 2009:
The Jerez test continued for 3rd day . The drivers in action today were Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Nelson Piquet. Nico Rosberg spent some time at the top of the table with 1:18.071s, but Jenson Button and his Brawn – 1:17.844s topped today’s timesheets … What a pace … Lewis Hamilton in the meantime is getting faster, his best time today 1:19.121. Nico Rosberg caused the only red flag of the day after crashing out in similar fashion as Fernando Alonso on Monday.
Today was the last day of pre-season testing for Renault and Brawn GP. Only Williams and McLaren are expected to run tomorrow.
Test times Jerez March 17, 2009:
The final test before the start of 2009 F1 season continued for the second day in Jerez. Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were in action today. For most of the day the fastest car on track was Brawn. First Rubens Barrichello smashed through the 1:19s barrier with 1:18.398, almost a second faster than his fastest time on Sunday. Jenson Button took over the Brawn GP car for the later in the afternoon and quickly set second fastest time of the day (at that time) – 1:18.892. But then with only minutes left on the clock Fernando Alonso ended his winter testing season with the quickest time of the day – 1:18.343 (qualifying simulation run). Where did that come from ?
Earlier Jenson Button caused a red flag, his day lasted for 12 laps only. Nico Rosberg was the busiest driver today with 123 laps.
The previous best lap time in Jerez this winter was Vettel’s 1:19.055s set two weeks ago.
Jerez test times March 16, 2008:
The final test of 2009 pre-season kicked off today in Jerez. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Nico Hulkenberg (Williams), Fernando Alonso (Renault) and Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP) were to be in action today however McLaren chose to stay in garage. Fastest time of the day belongs to Rubens Barrichello who was also the busiest driver of the day (102 laps). Fernando Alonso crashed heavily early on today causing half an hour long red flag break.
Jerez test times – March 15, 2009:
Today was the last day of Barcelona test, also the last test for several of the F1 teams (some like McLaren and Brawn will test again in Jerez next week). The fog delayed the action this morning. Nico Rosberg has become the second driver this week to set the time below 1m20s (at the moment 1:19.774). Brawn GP continued showing their impressive pace, BGP001 was today in hands of Rubens Barrichello, who as the only one broke the 1m19s barrier with the time 1:18.926.
Here are the times at the end of the day, March 12, 2009:
The pre season test in Barcelona continued with day three. The fastest time of the day belongs to Jenson Button who early in the afternoon session posted few very quick laps. His best time 1:19.127 is also the fastest time of the week so far. Whether today’s Button’s time was on empty fuel tank or not it is obvious the Brawn GP car is quick. No other driver this week made it below 1m20s. Second quickest today was Felipe Massa in Ferrari about a second behind. Lewis Hamilton crashed his McLaren damaging the car however he returned back to action later on. His best time was 2.53s slower then Button’s. The busiest drivers of the day were Sebastien Buemi with 140 and Jenson Button with 124 laps. (images from today in the article)
Barcelona test times – March 11, 2009
The Barcelona test continued with day 2. The fastest driver of the day was Kimi Raikkonen putting Ferrari at the top of the time sheets for a change. Kazuki Nakajima managed a quick lap placing Williams 2nd for the day. Brawn GP continues to impress with their pace – 3rd fastest time for Rubens Barrichello on his first outing in the new Brawn GP car. What is it with McLaren though – problems or not showing the others what they have up their sleevs ?
Times Barcelona Test March 10, 2009:
Bourdais took STR4 to the track for the first time
Interesting day in Barcelona yesterday. Toro Rosso introduced their new car, STR4, a car made in Faenza that “is not a rebadged RB5″. Jenson Button and Brawn GP raised some eyebrows by spending most of the day at the top of the time sheets. At the end the honour of being the fastest driver of the day went to Nick Heidfeld for his 1:20.338 lap. Raikkonen’s Ferrarri and Trulli’s Toyota were about 6 tenths behind. This may suggest that Heidfeld (same as Vettel last week in Jerez) did a low fuel qualifying run. Only 2 tenths further back was Jenson Button.
GrandPrix.com now claims that “multiple sources” are confirming their reports that the management buyout of Honda Racing F1 has now been agreed and that Ross Brawn and Nick Fry will run the team, using Meredes Benz engines, Honda money – plus the money that comes from TV income, plus whatever sponsorship can be found. Jenson Button is said to drive one of the cars, Rubens Barrichello is said to be back in the picture if his experience outweighs the money Bruno Senna can bring. See full article here – Honda management buyout to go ahead
At almost the same time TimesOnline brought this exclusive pretty much confirming the management buyout – Exclusive: Honda saved from the Formula One scrapheap
Autosport claims that Honda Racing are getting ready to begin pre-season testing. There is no news on any buyers or takeover but according to autosport.com the team personnel have been instructed to get ready to go testing. Similar claims have been made by BBC.
More here – Honda preparing to test 2009 car and here Ex-Honda team closes on F1 return
Wetaher affected the first test sessions of 2009
The new 2009 F1 cars took to test tracks last week. Ferrari tested at Mugello, BMW Sauber in Valencia, Toyota, McLaren, Renault, Williams and Renault at Portimao (Algarve). Toro Rosso and Red Bull (also at Portimao) are yet to reveal their new car and so Toro Rosso’s new driver Sebastien Buemi spent his track time in 2008 spec car.
Pedro de la Rosa - testing Force India or getting tested by them ?
Pedro de la Rosa’s test for Force India F1 last week sparked speculations about his possible move to Vijay Mallya’s team. Current Force India drivers do not seem to care too much but that is not stopping the media. As this is a hot topic in India, Kaushal asked me for a post on Pedro de la Rosa and his career. I tought why not, and why not to make it an opening post of a series on Formula 1 drivers who never really made it in F1.
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