Brawn GP tests its 2009 F1 car

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

Image (C) Brawn GP

53 comments on “Brawn GP tests its 2009 F1 car”

  1. 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…

  2. Rabi Sultan
    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.

    1. 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.

  3. lee cambell
    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. White Car = dead meat………. sorry.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

    1. 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.

  10. 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*

  11. Why does the BRAWN-GP logo do what it does:

    BR in straight letters

    AWN – GP in italics.

    BR is clearly a reference to the solid engineering and delayed timetable of British Rail.

    AWN according to my friend Wikipedia is a hairy appendage – is this a reference to Jenson Button?

    GP of course relates to ‘Get Points’ the team motto.

  12. you would have thought Brawn would have been able to get a good deal on ferrari engines…

    1. Apparently the Mercedes engines fit the chassis better.

  13. I think they are going to suprise people by being quite quick at Melbourne.

    Brawn was talking up the the team in December/January time saying they were probably going to be the fastest on the grid in 09 (ok, maybe to attract a buyer, but still). I also don’t think he would have invested to run at the back of the field.

    Most of the research was done in early 2008 for this car anyway (hence the RA108 being so crap) – Mark my words… they’ll be quick!

  14. This could be the greatest thing to hit F1 this year. I sure hope so , Mr.R.brawn has a reputation for technical excellence and picking the right strategy .. and with Jenson and Ruebens surely the ingredience for a top line team .

  15. I think we still have to take this team very seriously. The original version of this car was under development for some months, with Honda money and resources, and by all probability, the first car where Brawn could really have had an overseeing role, as he joined Honda when the turning-out-to-be-dreary RA108 should have been done, basically. So even if they didn’t test until now, I don’t expect them to be in such shambles that they couldn’t get a decent result in Melbourne.

    Especially if you consider that Force India and even more so Toro Rosso had a pretty late start in testing with their new cars.

    What I’m wondering is if Brawn will be using KERS. The side pods of the BGP 001 look much narrower to me at the bottom, compared to the McLaren running with the Mercedes engine and KERS, so I’d suspect Brawn probably won’t bother with that for the first few races, and focus on getting a solid performance out of the car as it is.

  16. Two minor points about this great looking car:
    1. Why wasn’t it run with a Honda engine anywhere? Even if ultimately they lost the Honda power, the team needed to get the car seen by potential sponsors.
    2. Is there now enough time left to do serious testing before the start of the season, and to get the drivers, mechanics etc accustomed to the car?
    I do support any attempt by an independant team, but I get the feeling Honda are still in the background here and have held back what could be a successful enterprise.

  17. From the few pictures I have seen so far I quite like the car, I much prefer the low and wide style nose to high and narrow. Although the realistic expectation is probably the back of the grid I wouldn’t be surprised if they are not in last place in the championship at the end of the season.

    I think I read somewhere that they won’t unveil their livery until just before the Melbourne GP.
    It’s probably a case of liking what I am used to, but modern F1 cars all in one colour just don’t seem right to me, likewise classic cars from the 1950s etc before wings don’t seem right to me if they are covered in sponsors logos.

  18. is it just me or does that car look so much like the mp4-24? more than just engine supply perhaps?

  19. Good looking car ! the main thing is that they don´t use all-black wheels, which is a very old look.
    The wheels with the silver outline look great. Can´t wait to see the final livery … make it elegant, not funky !
    Good luck to Brawn GP !!!

    1. the team colours could be established as:
      — dark metallic green plus silver or
      — dark metallic green plus GOLD

      This is a very elegantly proportioned car, independently of the livery

  20. They are a winner guys ;)

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