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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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).

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

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

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  1. so far the 2008 wing…

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

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

  6. 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…

    1. MacademiaNut
      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.

    2. 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
    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. http://www.msfree.gr homepage showing what I must be Hamilton with a failing/failed engine, and only 7 laps complete

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

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

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

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

  16. Ive just read that McLaren are running the 09 spec wing with the flow-vis paint to try understanding the new dynamics but apparently they are running slow and i doubt with the limited testing they have given the full package that they are sandbagging.

  17. There have been 2 rear wing variants – this weeks pictures show a design with a distinct curve at the front and sides, the previous was entirely flat like all the other teams. Lewis in particular has been testing a lot this winter with 2008 spec rear wings…

  18. From a news I read elsewhere, it seems that the testing using 2010 tyres done will not be very worthy, as FIA asked Bridgeston to make the 2010 rear tyres wider, due to, and I quote:
    “(…)the reintroduction of slicks this year at the same time as radical changes to the aerodynamic regulations – as well as the introduction of KERS – the dimensions of the 2009-specification tyres are producing more than expected levels of rear wear.”

  19. Another point of interest is that Renault hs been testing 2 different front-wings (and nose) in Alonso’s R29.
    I’ve seen pictures of yesterday with him using the 2 front-wings.

    The new one seen, is not so flat in the main profile, the endplates are much smaller (the curve present in the previous design has moved from the endplates to the main profile of the wing) and the backward extensions of the central pillars (said to act like turning vanes) are now missing, create a more clean nose, although still very wide.

    F1today.nl is reporting that Alonso has used the 2 front-wings again today, during the morning session, but there are no comments telling if this wing provides better lap-times than the old one

  20. Right now Hamilton is driving with 08 rearwing

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