Brawn GP tests its 2009 F1 car

Jenson Button was first to drive the BGP 001 at Silverstone (click to enlarge)

Jenson Button was first to drive the BGP 001 at Silverstone (click to enlarge)

The new Brawn GP team tested its 2009 F1 car at Silverstone today. Jenson Button was at the heel of the BGP001.

The nose is very different to that seen on the interim Honda tested at the end of 2008.

It has very detailed mini-wings inboard of the sidepods in front of the adjustable element. The sidepods are high and wide, similar to those on the McLaren MP4/24.

Throughout 2008 we often heard how Honda was keeping its development to a minimum to focus on its 2009 car. Although work continued on its 2009 challenger in the two months since Honda announced it was putting the team up for sale, the team have not gone testing until now.

The car, which would have been the Honda RA109, is now the Brawn GP 001. It has been modified to use Mercedes’ FO108W engine instead of the Honda unit it was designed for, which will surely cause some compromises.

They will be test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain next week along with the other F1 teams, which should give us an idea how close Brawn GP are going to be to the pace.

The other striking thing about the BGP 001 is its lack of sponsorship. The almost all-white livery is reminiscent of the Super Aguris when they made their final appearance in last year’s Spanish Grand Prix. Will the team be able to attract any backers in time for the first race of the season?

Read more: Complete 2009 F1 drivers and teams line-up

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53 comments on Brawn GP tests its 2009 F1 car

  1. sayonaraman said on 7th March 2009, 5:08

    It looks naked, which is good. I’d say Durex could splash a few quid on it.

  2. Their rear wing is also without a central vertical beam, like the Red Bull. I am guessing thats a good thing.

    The sidepods seem to stick out though. Or may be; its just the colour scheme.

    It does seem they have been working behind closed doors all the 2 months though.

  3. Good to hear that they are going to be racing still who knows this may be the time where smaller teams can get in the points as even the main players come to terms with lower spending and kers – tighter racing? – not long now to find out

  4. A tiny detail, Keith, doesn’t McLaren label their car numbers with a dash since somewhere in the mid-90s? So this year’s car is the MP4-24?

  5. Striay said on 7th March 2009, 12:28

    Looks to plain to me but maybe before australia if they find new sponsors it will have a more lively livery. Im glad they put Barichello he knows his stuff and will help the team advance, however i do see this year being his last!

  6. Chaz said on 7th March 2009, 13:13

    Hopefully the all white livery and the Brawn name behind the team will lead sponsors towards this new and hopefully revitalised team. Fingers crossed they are not at the bottom of the grid this year again…

  7. Rabi Sultan said on 7th March 2009, 14:05

    Interesting that both Kingfisher and Red Bull are drink companies, perhaps it’s worthwhile for both Williams and Brawn Racing to look at names such as Fosters or Carlsberg for major sponsorship since all the banks don’t have any money.

    • Toby said on 8th March 2009, 6:57

      Kingfisher is sponsoring Force India as the airline, not the drinks company. Of course, the same name helps to identify both brands, but this is the “official” ideal.

      The Brawn GP logo is based in black, yellow and white. While any final livery in these colours may not appeal to some (or maybe most), it certainly is a step away from the current themes on the grid. Good stuff, I say. And dare I say – The Brawn GP car may well be the toughest looking car on the grid come March 29, if not the prettiest.

  8. lee cambell said on 7th March 2009, 14:37

    hope all goes well for brawn and co, a leeds united sponsored car would look amazing,go brawn and lufc

  9. ajokay said on 7th March 2009, 15:07

    I really don’t think that anyone should be majorly worried about the lack of sponsors on the car. It is just too early for anything like that. I’m sure the car will have sponsors come Melbourne. The team is brand new, I’m sure negociations are in place, it’s just that pen hasn’t hit paper yet with regards to them.

  10. With subsidies from Honda and Bernie they will survive without sponsors this year. It would be a huge psychological boost to arrive in Oz with a major sponsor on board and appropriate livery, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t any.

    Is that the lowest nose profile of any car on the grid this year? Maybe Ross will pull some podiums out of the hat this year, what with MB power under the bonnet. Next weeks testing may give us a clue.

  11. ajokay said on 7th March 2009, 16:53

    Seeing all these droop noses again makes me yearn for some proper low-nosed cars.

    I hope whichever sponsor they get on board can compy with a similar colour scheme, I love the black and vibro-yellow.

  12. steve said on 7th March 2009, 17:55

    White Car = dead meat………. sorry.

  13. Andrew said on 7th March 2009, 19:11

    I actually like the livery. It’s a really nice looking car. I love the simple livery. I’m sure by the start of the first race the livery will be covered with sponsors and will be uglified.

  14. m_bialek78 said on 7th March 2009, 22:58

    Keith i have pretty important question i guess.It`s about KERS.Does the team will be able to use KERS just after start(will it be preloaded?) or will have to wait whole lap to load battery?

    • Drivers can use it right from the start. Heikki said in an interview to autosport that it will be useful from the start to the first corner.

      But I doubt; if the KERS is pre-loaded. May be drivers are supposed to do some serious braking in the warm-up lap to charge the KERS.

  15. Anyone have any news on the offical unveiling? I heard somewhere that it will be in Melbourne the thursday before the GP, and I’ve always wanted to go to an F1 launch *hint, hint*

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