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. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th February 2009, 20:00

    Press release from Toro Rosso:

    JEREZ TEST – DAY 2 11 February 2009
    Jerez de la Frontera – 4.423 kms
    Sebastien Buemi
    Chassis: STR3- 04
    Best time: 1:17.591
    Laps: 143

    A long weekend in Jerez

    Wednesday in Jerez turned into a race weekend for Scuderia Toro Rosso as the team went through a simulation programme of a Grand Prix qualifying session and a race, including refueling and safety car procedures. It was useful practice for the team and a new experience for our new driver. Other work included an evaluation of the rear suspension and testing of three Bridgestone tyre types super-soft, soft and medium.

    “This has been a useful couple of days for me, running in wet and dry conditions,” said Buemi at the end of the day. “Even though we are still in the ’08 car, I have learned a lot in terms of how we operate over a race weekend, as we simulated a qualifying session and the race. It was good preparation and now, all we need is our new car.”

    Tomorrow, recently re-confirmed race driver Sebastien Bourdais takes over driving duties.

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 11th February 2009, 20:01

    Amended press release from Red Bull (an earlier version said they’d done 63 laps, not 83):

    JEREZ TEST – Day Two
    Driver: Mark Webber
    Car: RB5 – 01
    Laps: 83
    Best time: 1:21.321
    Circuit length: 4.423
    Fastest lap: S. Buemi – 1:17.591

    Sebastian Vettel was left twiddling his thumbs today. On standby, in case Mark Webber decided not to overwork his injured leg, the German had nothing to do as our Aussie driver comfortably reeled off 83 laps. This was Mark’s first taste of the new car and his first day on track since last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

    “There were a lot of questions going into today and I answered them,” said Mark at the end of the day. “From my point of view, it all went better than expected and to do over a race distance on my first day back in the cockpit, with several weeks to go to Melbourne is a good thing.”

    It was also a good day on the technical front as RB5 ran 100% reliably, with the team working through every point on the job list. With the programme running to plan, the team was able to move on from a basic assessment of the new car, to working on aerodynamics and general set-up.

    Seb returns to the cockpit tomorrow.

  3. Can early assumptions be made about what cars are or are not fast in comparison to others?

  4. Jasper said on 16th February 2009, 12:54

    Probably too early to say for sure what the early pecking order is, but when you put together an overall list of the fastest times at the two tests last week, it makes for some interesting reading…

    Testing times from Bahrain (Overall)
    1. RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1m33.350s
    2. TRULLI Toyota 1m33.429s
    3. GLOCK Toyota 1m33.501s
    4. MASSA Ferrari 1m33.615s
    5. KLIEN BMW 1m33.666s
    3. KUBICA BMW 1m33.702s

    Testing times from Jerez (Overall)
    1. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso 1m17.472s (2008 car)
    2. BUEMI Toro Rosso 1m17.591s (2008 car)
    3. HAMILTON McLaren 1m19.632s (2008 Rear wing)
    4. ALONSO Renault 1m19.846s
    5. VETTEL Red Bull 1m20.738s
    6. KOVALAINEN McLaren 1m20.799s (2008 Rear wing)
    7. NAKAJIMA Williams 1m20.898s
    8. ROSBERG Williams 1m21.217s
    9. WEBBER Red Bull 1m21.313s
    10. PIQUET Renault 1m21.908s
    11. HULKENBERG Williams 1m22.443s

    Obviously you have to take into account the fuel loads and weather conditions on the individual days, but just by looking at the fastest times. You can conclude that at Bahrain how closely matched the pace is of the Ferrari, Toyota and BMW.

    In Jerez you have to bear in mind that obviously Toro Rosso was running a 2008 car for both drivers and also that Mclaren’s 2009 car had an advantage by running with a 2008 rear wing. Makes you wonder why they are running with a 2008 rear wing at this stage? On the first day of the Jerez test they ran the ’09 rear wing and the car was slower than the Williams and Red Bull? So that means that of the fully-fledged ’09 cars Alonso’s Renault was 0.892 faster than Vettel’s Red Bull. Which is something of surprise considering that Renault seemed to be struggling to get any speed out of their car!

    What does everyone else think?

  5. @Jasper: ALO was also heavier than HAM

  6. After Glock recorded the fastest lap in Tuesday 12/02/09 now Ferrari with Felipe Massa do the same, replacing Glock in the fastest position. Felipe Massa to test in Bahrain with a hit. After the origin of Brazil’s fastest drivers to be successful in the testing day Thursday (12/2/2009)

  7. there’s no pictures…:-(…

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