2009 F1 testing notes: January 20th (pictures and video)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg drove the Williams FW31 for the first time at Portimao
Nico Rosberg drove the Williams FW31 for the first time at Portimao

The same six teams were in action today as yesterday, plus BMW who shook down their new F1.09 at Valencia in Spain.

Here’s a recap of the day’s activity plus pictures from the 2009 tests so far.

Update: video from the test added below.

Algarve Motor Park, Portimao, Portugal

Once again the new Portuguese circuit was the centre of most of the action. And again it was wet and again Sebastien Buemi set the fastest lap of the day in a 2008-specification Toro Rosso.

Best individual lap times (unofficial)

1. Sebastien Buemi – Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR3 – 1:34.429 – 48 laps
2. Pedro de la Rosa – McLaren-Mercedes MP4-24 – 1:37.512 – 62 laps
3. Jarno Trulli – Toyota TF109 – 1:42.399 – 30 laps
4. Nelson Piquet Jnr – Renault R29- 1:45.860 – 9 laps
5. Nico Rosberg – Williams-Toyota FW31 – 1:51.580 – 31 laps


Just nine laps for Nelson Piquet Jnr in the R29 as he suffered an engine problem. The team worked on testing electrical systems on the car. Fernando Alonso will drive the car for the first time tomorrow.


Nico Rosberg tried the new Williams for the first time.


Pedro de la Rosa was fastest of the drivers in the 2009-specification cars.


Jarno Trulli became the first of Toyota’s race drivers to try the TF109.

Toro Rosso

Buemi was fastest in the 2008 Toro Rosso, although it was running with reduced downforce to simulate 2009 levels.

Mugello, Italy

Best individual lap times (unofficial)

1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari F60 – 1:33.920 – 42 laps


Mugello was also hit by rain but Raikkonen completed another 42 laps in the F60.

Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain

Best individual lap times (unofficial)

1. Robert Kubica – BMW F1.09 – TBA – 73 laps

Kubica did the first laps in the 2009 BMW. It was a private test, and BMW reported no problems. See here for pictures from the BMW F1.09 launch.

F1 testing pictures

F1 testing video

Images copyright: Toro Rosso – Getty Images; McLaren – www.mclaren.com; Ferrari – Ferrari spa; Williams – Williams/LAT; Toyota – Toyota F1 World

See here for track maps: 2009 F1 testing dates and tracks