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

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2009 F1 testing

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

  1. Sams said on 3rd March 2009, 17:02

    i am already loving Force Indias paint job especially the top shot over the engine covers

  2. BaKano said on 3rd March 2009, 17:29

    To Phil: One possibility, in my oinion, is that they are preparing to the proposed cutdowns on wind tunnel usage, not usre if already in place for this season or just for future seasons.

    What seems to be more curious, and could be of concern to McLaren and their suporters is that they are always changing their rear-wing.
    And one thing that I don’t know if everyone noticed, the 2009 rear-wing De La Rosa and Heikki used this week in Jerez, is different than the one used in the previous Jerez test.
    This the wing De La Rosa used on Sunday: http://www.f1-live.com/f1/photos/2009/tests46/diapo_156.jpg
    This is the wing Hamilton used 3 weeks ago: http://www.f1-live.com/f1/photos/2009/tests24/diapo_152.jpg

    Considering this, plus the continuos re-usage of the 2008-spec wing, plus the aerodymic tests using coloured paints, indicate something is going on there…

  3. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd March 2009, 17:45

    BMW press release:

    Day three – Tuesday
    Weather conditions: Overcast in the morning, some sun in the afternoon.
    Temperature: Air: 12 – 21 °C, Track: 12 – 23 °C
    Number of drivers participating: 8 of 8 teams
    Fastest lap overall: Timo Glock (Toyota) 1:19.814 min Circuit length: 4.428 km

    Robert Kubica
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-03 / BMW 86/9
    Test kilometres today: 434 (98 laps)

    Fastest lap: 1:21.069 min
    Programme: In the morning, when the track was still damp, Robert Kubica concentrated on set-up work with the BMW Sauber F1.09 running on wet tyres. After the lunch break the team continued its development programme on a dry track. The main focus was evaluating different solutions for the car’s aerodynamics and set-up. Late in the afternoon Kubica stopped on the track after switching off the engine when a warning light came on. The reason was quickly traced to a faulty sensor, so minutes later the F1.09 was back on track completing a total of 98 laps over the day.

    “Overall it was a good day”, Kubica said after completing his third day of testing in Jerez. “We were able to make up some of the time we lost yesterday when rain meant we had to change our schedule. I started on extreme wet tyres, changed to wet tyres and finally drove slick tyres. Together with the various different set-up solutions I tried that helped me get an even better feeling for the car.”

  4. Matt said on 3rd March 2009, 19:36

    I think Mclaren have a problem with the rear wing. They are the only team using what I have now counted as 3 variants, the 2008, and two 2009 designs.

    • I think McLaren is quiet. Very quiet. They are the guys who helped the FIA to shape the F1 that you are seeing now. In terms of aero concepts, they never would do a poor job in one of the key changes in the 2009 aero regulations, the rear wing.

      In Melbourne we will see some surprises, I bet…

  5. Kristian Eriksen said on 3rd March 2009, 21:26

    Herr Glock rules again though… :D
    (oh ps i’m probably the only Toyota F1 fan on the northern hemisphere…:P)

    But also convincing by Force India! This could be a fun season!

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd March 2009, 22:05

    Toyota press release:

    Following yesterday’s rain, it was back to sunnier weather for Panasonic Toyota Racing and the seven other teams in action at Jerez today. The showers continued until shortly before the start of testing but the sun appeared soon afterwards. The tarmac took two hours to dry out but after that there was dry running for the rest of the day. Timo Glock spent the morning putting in a race simulation in the TF109. He completed the run without any problems in the changing conditions before moving on to set-up work, setting the day’s fastest lap during a late qualifying simulation. Jarno Trulli is scheduled to take over for the next two days.

    Timo Glock – Chassis TF109-03
    Best lap time: 1min 19.814s
    Position: 1st out of 8
    Total laps: 142
    “That was a productive day. This morning we were again a bit unlucky with the conditions, which made the race simulation quite tough. But it was useful to find out when to change to slick tyres and our pace wasn’t bad. Then we got some dry running for the rest of the day. We did a lot of set-up work and late on we did some shorter runs to make it through the programme. We’ve made it through a lot of miles over these two days and we’re making useful progress.”

    Pascal Vasselon, Senior General Manager Chassis
    “This morning’s race simulation went very well. We just had to manage very transient weather and track conditions which brought us from full wet conditions at the beginning to slicks in the course of our race. Still, we went from wet tyres to slicks at exactly the right time and Timo made it through without major difficulty. All in all it was fun, interesting and valuable mileage for the car in realistic race conditions. Because we were ahead with our schedule we spent the afternoon doing some set-up work.”

  7. jjkfdk said on 3rd March 2009, 23:42

    Hi guys. I am new here, and i am italian.
    Just a question…On these latest two days of testing, and also the tests on Jerez 2 weeks ago, there are not any hight resolution pics of the RB 5, like above. Why? Does any ones know why?

  8. jjkfdk said on 4th March 2009, 18:28

    ok! perfect, thank you very much!

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