2009 F1 testing: March 4th (Update: pictures added)

Lewis Hamilton will drive the 2009 McLaren - but with which wing?

Lewis Hamilton will drive the 2009 McLaren - but with which wing?

Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen join in the testing action at Jerez today. McLaren have been using their 2008-spec rear wing again recently, prompting speculation over whether they are having problems with their MP4-24.

Timo Glock has been fastest for Toyota over the past two days. Will Jarno Trulli keep the team on top as he steps into the cockpit of the TF109?

Today’s testing line-up

Ferrari: Kimi Raikkonen
BMW: Nick Heidfeld
Renault: Fernando Alonso
Toyota: Timo Glock
Williams: Kazuki Nakajima
Red Bull: Mark Webber
Force India: Adrian Sutil
McLaren: Lewis Hamilton

Pictures from today’s test

The Williams pictures above were issued today but not all of them are necessarily 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. If you?ve got images or video to share you can upload them to the F1 Fanatic drop.io.

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) Ferrari spa, Toyota F1 World, Williams/LAT, BMW ag, Force India F1 Team

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56 comments on 2009 F1 testing: March 4th (Update: pictures added)

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  1. luky said on 4th March 2009, 9:03

    so far the 2008 wing…

    cars must take advantage of dry track now, rain is expected lunch time.

  2. skova265 said on 4th March 2009, 9:05

    think that they have problems with the car. Time is running out for them.

  3. I doubt its a problem; may be they are working on a new diffuser ( williams or toyota like ) and are modifying the rear wing too suit the new one.

    In the interim time; it makes sense to record data using a rear wing whose characteristics are known thoroughly; so that the effectiveness of the rest of the chassis is known accurately.

  4. ajokay said on 4th March 2009, 9:19

    At least the teams are getting to test in all kinds of conditions. Full wet, drizzle, drying, and dry. Can only be a good thing really.

    I see they’re using the chicane towards the end of the lap. Do they always use that for testing at Jerez? I don’t remember them using it back in the late 90’s when the track was a race venue, I thought it was there for the motorbikes, as that penultimate corner is very quick.

    I’d love to se Jerez back on the calendar, anything would be better than repeared trips to Dullsville, Barcelona.

  5. Rob said on 4th March 2009, 9:33

    The Jerez chicane was in GP2 (the 1996 game by Goeff Crammond) :)

  6. David said on 4th March 2009, 9:36

    Jerez chicane is there to slow the corner where Donnelly had the horrible, almost deadly, crash with the Lotus.
    It has always been there since that time. It was there when Schumacher and Villeneuve fought for the title in 1997.
    MotoGP doesn’t use it.

  7. AM I missing something? All the images I’ve seen of this week’s testing have shown the McLaren complete with 09 spec rear wing…

    • MacademiaNut said on 4th March 2009, 13:16

      yes, but they have been saying they were testing the 2010 spec tyres. The had the 2009 rear wing Pedro and Heikki, but with Lewis today they have gone back to 2008 rear wing.

    • Ah. Is Lewis testing for the remainder of the week? It coud be that they are looking to get a baseline setup using the known quantity of the 08 rear wing before swapping to the new 09 wing later on…

      Or they could be struggling and maybe Lewis and Jenson will be in closely matched cars and we can see them battling closley all year…

  8. Jonesracing82 said on 4th March 2009, 10:17

    in ’90 Donnelly’s accident was before the chicane, in fact, the chicane was built because of his accident

  9. Ian Bryant said on 4th March 2009, 10:31

    http://www.msfree.gr homepage showing what I must be Hamilton with a failing/failed engine, and only 7 laps complete

  10. Ian Bryant said on 4th March 2009, 10:35

    Unless it’s Mclaren’s usual oil-to-the-brim

  11. Sams said on 4th March 2009, 10:41

    any news on STR new car, wasnt it meant to be unveiled today?

  12. Ian Bryant said on 4th March 2009, 10:46

    Supposedly there’s a shakedown at Adria, Italy and they’ll now launch on Monday 9th at Catalunya

  13. Phil said on 4th March 2009, 11:52

    Flames seen from McLaren according to F1 Today and needing an engine swap.

  14. Force India isn’t as fast as it was earlier in testing :(

  15. carl said on 4th March 2009, 12:46

    McLaren seem to be having allot of issues during this weeks testing… With the limited testing this is surely a big concern.

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