2009 F1 testing: February 10th (Update: video and pictures added)

Felipe Massa testing the Ferrari F60 in Bahrain today

Felipe Massa testing the Ferrari F60 in Bahrain today

Now the run-up to the 2009 F1 season really gets under way, with major tests on three of the next four weeks. After the launch of Red Bull’s RB5 yesterday there are now seven new F1 cars in action.

The first of those starts today with F1 teams running in Jerez and Bahrain. Follow today’s F1 testing below.

Who’s testing where

Bahrain International Circuit

Ferrari and Toyota are continuing their practice from past years of heading out of Europe to do their F1 testing. BMW will be joining them too in reaping the benefits of what should be a warmer, drier climate. And with fewer cars on track, less chance of red flags interrupting the running.

Felipe Massa will begin testing for Ferrari and do the first two day’s running before Kimi Raikkonen takes over. According to the team the F60 will be running with revised front and rear wings.

Jerez, Spain

Most of the remaining teams are at the former F1 venue of Jerez. They include Red Bull, McLaren, Williams, Toro Rosso and Renault.

Mark Webber is supposed to be driving the RB5 for the first time tomorrow (Wednesday 11th), but still seemed to be limping at the new car’s launch yesterday.

Follow testing here as it happens

You can post updates on testing as it happens below and share files on the F1 Fanatic drop.io.

Video from today’s test

Pictures from today’s test

Images (C) Ferrari spa

2009 F1 testing

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42 comments on 2009 F1 testing: February 10th (Update: video and pictures added)

  1. Striay said on 10th February 2009, 17:25

    Im going to Jerez on thursday NOT VIP THOUGH!! i wish!

    Alonso Vettel Hamilton Rosberg and Buemi are coming that day i think!
    Perfect weather here so BMW, Ferrari, and Toyota mistake!

    If anyone knows of a way to get into the paddock at Jerez pleaseeeeeee leave a reply!! thanx

  2. Circuito de Jerez
    1. S. Buemi Toro Rosso STR3 1:19.660 104
    2. S. Vettel Red Bull Racing RB5 1:22.177 +2.517 61
    3. N. Hülkenberg Williams FW31 1:22.443 +2.783 82
    4. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-24 1:22.634 +2.974 60
    5. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R29 1:23.313 +3.653 35

    Bahrain International Circuit

    1. T. Glock Toyota TF109 1:33.501 82
    2. F. Massa Ferrari F60 1:33.615 +0.114 98
    3. R. Kubica BMW Sauber F1.09 1:33.702 +0.201 95

  3. StrFerrari4Ever said on 10th February 2009, 17:53

    I know toro rosso are still running their 08 car trying out some parts for 09 but am i the only person who feels that this season they are going to be super fast and genuine contenders for both titles and wins ?

  4. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th February 2009, 18:34

    Toro Rosso press release:

    10 February 2009
    Jerez de la Frontera – 4.423 kms
    Sebastien Buemi
    Chassis: STR3- 04
    Best time: 1:19.660
    Laps: 104
    The modified version of our 2008 car, the STR3, was in action today in Jerez for what should be its final test session. Sebastien Buemi worked on set-up, suspension and on putting miles on the 2009 specification Ferrari engine. In addition, he tested a steering system being developed for the coming season.

    Our Swiss driver began the day on the Bridgestone “soft” compound tyres, but mid-morning rain meant he also got the opportunity to gain further experience on the intermediate and full wet tyres. Buemi will be back behind the wheel tomorrow.

  5. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th February 2009, 18:35

    Red Bull press release:

    10 February 2009
    JEREZ TEST – Day One
    Driver: Sebastian Vettel
    Car: RB5 – 01
    Laps: 63
    Best time: 1:22.177
    Circuit length: 4.423
    Fastest lap: S. Buemi – 1:19.660

    After a preliminary shakedown yesterday, the job of getting to know RB5 and developing it for the coming season began today, once again with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel.

    The day went well, with successful runs in dry conditions, until mid-morning rain left the track wet until well into the afternoon, so that the car spent quite a bit of time in the garage.

    Tomorrow, it will be a case of one car and two drivers: Vettel is due to do the bulk of the driving over these four days, but tomorrow morning Mark Webber will get his first taste of RB5, not just to assess the car’s potential, but also to see how he feels physically in the cockpit, as he continues his remarkable recovery after breaking his leg, back in November.

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th February 2009, 18:48

    I’ve just posted some video from the Jerez test above – looks like Piquet had a spin! Also the session was briefly interrupted by rain.

  7. Small differences I notice!
    For sure the times in Bahrain :)

    Would be great if it’s a real measure.

  8. YeaMon said on 10th February 2009, 20:28

    When Nelson spun did you see those flat spots? They’re going to be really easy to see this year if drivers lock the brakes up.

  9. your welcome! maybe this year is going to be very competitive! I hope so!

  10. ajokay said on 10th February 2009, 21:56

    Any idea what the extension is on top of the Ferrari?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th February 2009, 22:02

      It’s something they use for monitoring telemetry I think, an enhanced version of the systems they use on Grand Prix weekends.

    • ajokay said on 10th February 2009, 22:19

      Fancy. I noticed a shorter model on top of the McLaren’s airbox too. It’s great to see the cars in action.

      Piquet had a nice spin at that oh-so-very-famous hairpin. 1997 seems like only yesterday.

  11. Ian Bryant said on 11th February 2009, 12:23

    The “extension” on top of the Ferrari is a pitot tube, it measures air pressure, they use it to test and confirm aero configurations

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