2009 F1 testing: March 1st (Pictures)

Giancarlo Fisichella put more laps on the VJM02 at Jerez

Giancarlo Fisichella put more laps on the VJM02 at Jerez

Today saw all eight of the 2009-specification F1 cars launched so far on track together for the first time at Jerez in Spain.

Sebastian Vettel was comfortably fastest in the Red Bull, over 1.3s quicker than Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.

Times from today’s test

Here are the best times from the test (thanks to Striay for posting these elsewhere).

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull – 1.19:055 87 laps
Felipe Massa, Ferrari – 1.20:330 63 laps
Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota – 1.20:699 79 laps
Nico Rosberg, Williams – 1.21:171 71 laps
Robert Kubica, BMW – 1.21:292 47 laps
Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India – 1.21:584 31 laps
Pedro De la Rosa, McLaren – 1.21:831 94 laps
Nelson Piquet Jnr, Renault – 1.22:011 52 laps

Pictures from today’s test

Images (C) Force India F1 Team, BMW ag

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24 comments on 2009 F1 testing: March 1st (Pictures)

  1. Jay Menon said on 2nd March 2009, 8:41

    Kobayashi seems to have put in a decent lap time eh?

    I’m trying not to bother with preseason testing, I’ll just wait for the surprises come Melbourne, Barcelona even moreso.

    Having said that, the Renault’s pace is worrying, hopefully they’ll get whatever it is thats holding the back out of the way. Alonso seems to be pretty upbeat, but the lap times are suggesting otherwise.

    Does anybody know anything that I don’t?

  2. Okay so these 09 spec cars look waaaaay better in action than the studio pics of them did, still does anyone else think the Ferrari is now the ugliest of the lot..?? Yep I even prefer the Renault to the Ferrari…

  3. Alastair said on 2nd March 2009, 12:41

    Renault seem to have gone the opposite way to the other teams, in terms of having a much fatter nose compared with the Red Bull (penned by A Newey) and the Ferrari, which is also near the top of the testing sheets.

    They also have PKJr in the cockpit, which won’t have helped much.

  4. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 2nd March 2009, 15:31

    Williams’ press release:

    After a two week break, the team were back on track this week for the second of three pre-season Jerez tests. The five day test will afford Nico Rosberg three days and team mate Kazuki Nakajima two days behind the wheel of the all new Williams-Toyota FW31.

    In preparation for the season opener in Melbourne at the end of this month, the team will spend the week testing the Melbourne aero package and Bridgestone’s slick tyres, both drivers will also work through systems and reliability checks and complete a race simulation.

    The opening day of the test saw seven other teams out on track, of which AT&T Williams secured the fourth quickest time of the session with Nico’s 1:21.171 and cover over 310kms.

    Nico Rosberg will resume testing responsibilities on Monday.

  5. Steve said on 3rd March 2009, 0:39


    The link is some Spanish video from the test.

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