2009 F1 testing: February 11th (Update: pictures added)

Sandstorms halted Ferrari's testing efforts in Bahrain

Sandstorms halted Ferrari's testing efforts in Bahrain

Testing continues at Bahrain and Jerez today with eight teams putting more miles on their 2009 cars.

Among the many things to keep an eye on today is the planned return of Mark Webber to the cockpit, 82 days after breaking a leg in a cycling accident. He was seen limping during the Red Bull RB5’s launch on Monday, so can he really be up to driving already?

Who’s testing where

Bahrain International Circuit – Ferrari, Toyota and BMW

Jerez, Spain – McLaren, Red Bull, Renault, Williams and Toro Rosso (Toro Rosso are still running their 2008 car)

The drivers in action today are expected to be the same as those running yesterday: Sebastien Buemi, Heikki Kovalainen, Nico Hulkenberg, Nelson Piquet Jnr, Felipe Massa, Timo Glock and Robert Kubica. Mark Webber is expected to take over from Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.

Sites for testing times

These are some of the sites we used to follow lap times yesterday:


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Are Red Bull really off to a flier with their RB5? Why did Renault do so little running yesterday? And how do the times at the two different circuits compare? Follow today’s F1 testing below.

2009 F1 testing

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33 comments on 2009 F1 testing: February 11th (Update: pictures added)

  1. Oh, so it was Piquet driving the R29 yesterday. That explains the ridiculous spin.

  2. Was it just the weather that interrupted Renault’s session yesterday? with the same weather, if other teams teams could manage more laps, then why not Renault?

    And Keith, I suppose it is RB5 you’re referring and not RB9 in your article!

  3. StrFerrari4Ever said on 11th February 2009, 8:07

    yeah mani i was goin to point out the same thing RB5 Keith RB5 :)

  4. Just found out from AFCA :

    In Bahrain, among other things, Ferrari will re-introduce the anvil wing, the exhaust pipe solution is to look somewhat like that of McLaren and the frontwing has been strengthened with there now also being ballast in it in order to have as much weight at the front as possible. Especially the last adjustment is something to be closely looked at with the current front wings obviously being very close to the ground and Ferrari already having had some problems in this area.

    It seems that at High speed corners the front wing is deflecting more than expected and touching the ground.

    I can’t see any visible upgrades on F60 though

    • Ferrari was running almost the same machine (with no upgrades) they used in previous test at Mugello, with minor front wing corrections yesterday. The intention was to read the basic behavior of the car and the tyres in the dry weather before adding any further updates to the details.

      Hopefully, we might see few new things in today’s testing. Apparently there was also a minor electronic problem in the F60 yesterday, that prevented Ferrari from running KERS throughout the day.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th February 2009, 8:54

      Very interesting, thanks Mad!

  5. deadman said on 11th February 2009, 8:43

    Is F60 still illegal point to regulation?

  6. Looks like, test session at Bahrain was suspended temporarily due to heavy winds!

  7. Webber has beaten time set by Vettel yesterday at Jerez, seems he has really recovered from the problems :) but long runs should say the final words!

    Anyways today’s best as of now is from McLaren, 1m21.324s. Times as of now,

    1. S. Buemi Toro Rosso STR3 1:19.157 27
    2. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-22 1:21.324 +2.167 18
    3. M. Webber Red Bull Racing RB5 1:22.106 +2.949 16
    4. K. Nakajima Williams FW31 1:22.827 +3.670 18

  8. Striay/iceman said on 11th February 2009, 10:14

    yes Mani but you hav to take into account that Vettel had a wet track most of the day yesterday if not all day!

    • yeah, now the track has good rubber laid on it too! still, I was expecting Webber to struggle little more with his foot :) considering his times, he is well competitive in short runs! He suppressed Heikki as well, that partially indicates the RB5’s form now… they’re competing with McLaren in pace, if they’re reliable then they are gonna make a big leap this year!

      1. S. Buemi Toro Rosso STR3 1:18.703 44
      2. M. Webber Red Bull Racing RB5 1:21.321 +2.618 24
      3. H. Kovalainen McLaren MP4-24 1:21.324 +2.621 23
      4. N. Piquet Jr. Renault R29 1:22.826 +4.123 9
      5. K. Nakajima Williams FW31 1:22.827 +4.124 18

  9. RedBull already beating their engine suppliers; wonder what Alonso has to say about that.

    What I don’t understand is STR-Ferrari’s continued testing of the 2008 car. Does it serve any tangible purpose?

    Or is it to test future upgrades for the 2009 cars ( assuming the car is almost same for redBull and ToroRosso ); yesterday they were testing some new “steering mechanism”.. Red Bull could be the dark horse for 2009 ! ! !Fingers crossed for that

    • Filipe said on 11th February 2009, 20:01

      I think they are more worried to give Buemi more laps in a F1 car. He drove very little as a test driver last year.

  10. wouldn’t be so quick to say who’s where.
    Just yesterday the Williams was thrashing the Renault, today Nelsinho is ahead. It really depends on who’s testing what.

  11. Adrian said on 11th February 2009, 12:22

    From pics on f1.gpupdate.net it looks like Williams are testing a new nose… this one’s higher than the launch version and actually looks almost like something Ferrari would have run up ’til recently…

  12. I’m afraid I have to agree with ukk. As much as I’d like Red Bull to be contenders, I’m not getting too excited just yet.

    It’s nice to believe. :)

    • EddieIrvine said on 11th February 2009, 15:44

      I like the idea for a winning car by the thechnical guru big Adrian Newey but It’s just an energy drink…it can’t be a contender…it doesn’t fit

  13. I find it quite amusing that testing had to be stopped at Bahrain due to the weather, when recently Toyota said they didn’t understand why every team hadn’t decided to go there for this test because good weather was almost guaranteed.

  14. EddieIrvine said on 11th February 2009, 15:39

    http://www.msfree.gr/4688/2009-02-11/Live-dokimes-F1:%3Cbr-%3E11-febrouariou this is todays link for testing times, it changes for every testing day…sorry for the delay, tommorow I will post it early in the morning

  15. I Love the pictures. A very strange mood with a mix of sepia and colour tones. Seems like those old pictures taken 100 years ago. With these ultra high technological machines, it turns in an even strangest atmosphere…

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