2009 F1 testing: March 2nd (update: pictures added)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Timo Glock was fastest in the rain at Jerez today
Timo Glock was fastest in the rain at Jerez today

Testing continues today with eight F1 teams in action at Jerez.

Yesterday a spate of red flags and brief rain show hindered the teams’ testing efforts – will things go more smoothly today?

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren: Heikki Kovalainen
Ferrari: Felipe Massa
BMW: Robert Kubica
Renault: Nelson Piquet Jnr
Toyota: Timo Glock
Williams: Nico Rosberg
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel
Force India: Giancarlo Fisichella

Pictures from today’s test

Live timing

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Further updates will be posted in the comments and any images or video from today’s testing will be added here.

2009 F1 testing

37 comments on “2009 F1 testing: March 2nd (update: pictures added)”

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyo81YKgPtU

    I was looking for videos of the jerez tests on youtube and found this Glock-ish crash by Felipe Massa

    1. first mistake by Raikkonen

  2. Some stunning photos there.
    Conclusions? The 2009 spec cars look awesome from above and err, well a bit silly from the front!

    1. I think the cars are very nice seing from behind, specially since there are some many differences on the way the teams designed the end of the sidepods and the rear section with the exhausts also.

      The RB5 with that rear-wing with no central pillar, and that very low rear section with the pull-rod suspension (instead of push-rod) and that unique exhausts positioning, looks pretty awesome!

  3. Kristian Eriksen
    2nd March 2009, 22:55

    Am i the only one noticing that Toyota have had very decent times on all the tests, and that they are the team with the least technical issues?

  4. chaostheory
    3rd March 2009, 0:09

    Yeah, definitely there’s something wrong with Toyota: they shouldn’t be that fast :P

  5. Youtube has some video of the test online. The clip is in Spanish, but there is some footage so it’s worth two minutes of your time to watch.


  6. This video is part two of the Spanish broadcast.


    1. Thanks Steve!

  7. MacademiaNut
    3rd March 2009, 3:33

    So, finally we see Mclaren testing with the 2009 rear wing specs and rain spoils the fun. Looks like McLaren is still behind with Pedro De La Rosa driving (yesterday).

  8. Force India press release:

    Giancarlo Fisichella today continued the Force India Formula One Team’s first official test at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. The Italian completed a total of 54 laps to add more mileage to the debutant VJM02 car, recording an encouraging 1:31.547 – the fourth quickest lap and just six tenths slower than the quickest time of the day.

    Despite the recurrent rain showers and red flags, Giancarlo was able to accumulate further crucial data and evaluate both the Bridgestone extreme wet and standard wet tyres. Unfortunately however the team’s running was interrupted by a fuel system problem mid-morning, but the VJM02 returned to the track for further laps at the end of the day.

    Adrian Sutil will take over driving duties tomorrow and will remain in the car for the final day of testing on Wednesday.

    Giancarlo Fisichella

    Considering the amount of laps we did today, it is quite encouraging again. It is a reasonable time, six tenths off the fastest, so I am quite pleased. Unfortunately we had a problem with the fuel pressure again and didn’t run enough. Then I was struggling a little bit to find the right set up with the full wet tyres but then at the end of the day the circuit was getting better and, as with several other people, we tried the standard wet and I felt much more comfortable with the balance. Hopefully tomorrow Adrian can do more laps and make sure we are fully ready for Barcelona.

    James Key, technical director

    Again, difficult weather and we missed some of the better conditions in the morning as we had a few technical issues. It was the same problem with the fuel system, but we found a solution from mid morning onwards that allowed us to do some more running. Other than this problem the car has been very good and we ran through a programme of systems checks and balance comparisons between the extreme and the standard wet tyres. We’re confident we’re on top of the issues now and can get on with the programme tomorrow, where we will look at some more set up options.

    Testing data

    Driver Giancarlo Fisichella

    Track Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

    Best lap time 1 min 31.547

    Laps completed 54

    KM’s completed 239km

    Air temperature High of 13C

    Track temperature High of 15C

    Weather Rain throughout the day

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