2009 F1 testing: March 3rd (Update: pictures added)

The poor weather at Jerez is expected to remain

The poor weather at Jerez is expected to remain

More rain at Jerez yesterday meant Ferrari didn’t even bother sending Felipe Massa out on track.

Fernando Alonso joins the test today and Adrian Sutil will get his first run in the Force India VJM02. But will they get a reprieve from the rain?

Today’s testing line-up

Ferrari: Felipe Massa
BMW: Robert Kubica
Renault: Fernando Alonso
Toyota: Timo Glock
Williams: Nico Rosberg
Red Bull: Mark Webber
Force India: Adrian Sutil
McLaren: Heikki Kovalainen

Pictures from today’s test

Live timing

For live lap times check out F1today.nl, Sportlifepress, MSFree or TheF1 (various languages).

If you find any more good sites for following testing lap times, please post details below.

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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

Images (C) Force India, Getty Images, Toyota F1 World and BMW ag

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37 comments on 2009 F1 testing: March 3rd (Update: pictures added)

  1. I am looking for a website which is in English and can provide the LIVE lap times.Do anybody know about the same?The above mentioned websites are in other languages

  2. Ali said on 3rd March 2009, 10:02

    Try babelfish, although it might be crappy at times.

    • Ali said on 3rd March 2009, 12:02

      It also translates Massa as Bulk (:

    • patrickl said on 3rd March 2009, 13:02

      That translation is rather bad actually. Especially when you go to the live test pages (The “live” link next to the lap times)

      Does it matter really though? The live feed is basically a list of message stating who set the fastest time or who went out or came back in the pits.

      BTW In Dutch the word massa means “mass”. Not sure why it would be translated to “bulk” rather than “mass”, but it makes sense that it gets translated.

    • What mess does it make of Red Bull ??

  3. carl said on 3rd March 2009, 11:24

    What is going on with McLaren this week. Are they having problems or sandbagging ALLOT.. They are way of the pace. Strange. Hope all is well at Macca

  4. Why hasn’t Adrian Sutil set a time yet?

  5. D Winn said on 3rd March 2009, 12:05

    LOL it translates Massa to ‘F Bulk’ – has he put on weight ?

  6. BaKano said on 3rd March 2009, 12:08

    Heikki is driving for McLaren today. I guess they now stopped the morning session, as since Piquet is not running, Heikki has the slowest time so far!

    And surprisingly, or not that much, Alonso has the fastest time!
    So Piquet always slowest of the bunch, and Alonso one of the fastest (we had the fastest time of the 2009-spec cars in last month’s final test in Jerez)…
    So is the R29 a bad car, or a good car in Alonso’s hands?
    Or is it just that Piquet sucks?

  7. Ali said on 3rd March 2009, 12:24

    I’d rather to say it’s just testing.

  8. I think each driver is doing a different work for the team so we can conclude almost nothing, although (SET irony mode ON)I’m pretty sure that ALO is better driver than PIQ.

    McLaren… weird.

  9. chaostheory said on 3rd March 2009, 12:39

    Little mistake in driver lineups: It’s Kubica who drives for BMW today, Nick will be driving last two days. Also Glock, not Trulli.

  10. Ali said on 3rd March 2009, 13:35

    According to f1today.nl, McLaren is again testing 2010-spec tyres and rules. I really don’t understand why they do it with such limited test session available. Are they sandbagging? Nope, they are sandburied.

    • roser said on 3rd March 2009, 14:55

      I hope tomorrow Hamilton will not test 2010 tyres, but who knows…

    • MacademiaNut said on 4th March 2009, 3:06

      I hope they are not sand-buried! It is concerning that there’s no proper times available for McLaren on the proper 2009 spec car. It’s always some element that’s missing (rear wing, tyres, etc.)

  11. BaKano said on 3rd March 2009, 15:52

    In addition to again testing the 2010 tyres (why spending 2 dry test days evaluating future tyres, they must be feeling very confident in the spped of the car for this season!), it looks like they again are evaluating the airflow in a real car in a track, now using a blue paint, like they did already this year (but used green paint).
    This is according to f1today.nl

  12. S Hughes said on 3rd March 2009, 16:26

    Heikki got a fast time today only because he switched to the 2008 rear wing. For most of the day he was the slowest. What going on?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd March 2009, 16:45

      Strange they’re still using the ’08-spec rear wing.

    • Phil said on 3rd March 2009, 17:10

      According to F1 today they’ve done a “blue paint” flow analysis late this afternoon – I cannot help thinking they are either making sure their wind-tunnel is totally accurate for introducing mid-season parts or they are having major aero problems.

  13. Steve said on 3rd March 2009, 16:35


    Spanish news bit about the test. Short (1m) clip of Alonso on the track.

  14. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd March 2009, 16:45

    Red Bull press release:

    Driver: Mark Webber
    Car: RB5 – 02
    Laps: 98
    Best time: 1:21.021
    Circuit length: 4.423 km
    Fastest lap: T. Glock – 1:19.814

    Mark Webber brought better weather with him, as he took over from Sebastian Vettel today, although the track was still wet until late morning.

    After that, conditions steadily improved throughout the day.

    On the programme for RB5 were race weekend simulations. All went reasonably to plan despite two minor interruptions. Mark continues driving tomorrow.

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