2009 F1 testing: March 9th (Update: pictures and video added)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Will the STR4 show as much promise as the RB5?
Will the STR4 show as much promise as the RB5?

As the start of the 2009 F1 season draws tantalisingly close, today sees the beginning of the final major test before the Australian Grand Prix.

Scuderia Toro Rosso will reveal their STR4 which we expect to be very similar to the Red Bull RB5, but with a Ferrari engine. And we’ll have our first chance to see all of the teams together, including the new Brawn GP outfit.

Today’s testing line-up

Today’s test is at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Toyota – Jarno Trulli
Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen
McLaren – Heikki Kovalainen
Brawn GP – Jenson Button
Red Bull – Mark Webber
Toro Rosso – Sebastien Bourdais
Williams – Kazuki Nakajima
Renault – Nelson Piquet Jnr
BMW – Nick Heidfeld
Force India – Adrian Sutil

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. Also keep an eye on BBC report Lee McKenzie’s Twitter account as she’ll be reporting from the test.

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.

Pictures from today’s test

More pictures of the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4 making its testing debut here

Video from today’s test

2009 F1 testing

84 comments on “2009 F1 testing: March 9th (Update: pictures and video added)”

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  1. no,imo mclaren do not want to be spied upon their rear wing. remember 1998 when mclaren were so unwilling to show closeup photos of their rear package. infact if i remember well,correct me if i am wrong they used their interim orange livery car with 1997 spec rear wings during majority of the testing(they had already switched over to west from marlboro during 1997 so i didn’t understand the use of orange livery during testing in ’98) . they left other teams way behind in terms of aerodynamics & if one remembers well hakkinen & senna lapped the entire field in the season opening aussie gp. mclaren are always known to adapt well to major changes in sporting regulations. remember 1989 when there was a switch from turbo engine to naturally aspirated engine, everybody were speculating it might favour renault powered williams but it so happened that only prost & senna were fighting for the championship. mclaren built a chassis suitable to the honda engine. I’m more optimistic than i’ve ever been before( optimism from a mclaren follower since 1993) that this year is going to be a repeat of 1988, when mclaren will blow away all their rivals. I think martin whitmarsh & his team are quite confident of regaining their title.

    1. I reckon it’s looking quite good for Lewis this year. As much as they’re my favourite team, I’m just not a big fan of either of their drivers. Kimi for drivers’ champion, McLaren for constructors? I wish, but not likely.

    2. mp4-19, you should not forget in the 1998 c’ship mclaren are using bridgestone tyres were highly regarded superior compared to goodyear (ferrari). 1998 is the final year for goodyear supporting F1 and ferrari is publicly critiscising goodyear performance. yes everybody would admit mclarens aero, chassis, engine performs better than its rivals, but in F1 engine or chassis or aerodynamics couldn’t make 0.5 sec faster per lap than any other but tyres could do it.
      just like in the year of 2005, renaults and mclarens (michelin)are away faster than any other car most of the time.
      imho, there’s no other car that is technically superior (regardless of tyres) better than Williams FW14.
      so i have to disagree if you think mclarens will dominates f1 just like they did in the early 1998, but if they will challenging the c’ship this year just like they normally did i’m really sure that is going to happen, because they’re Mclaren

    3. Eddie Irvine
      9th March 2009, 8:26

      tombong, in 1998 goodyear not only closed the gap in tire performance but they came up with better tires in the second half of the season

  2. Keith, you’ve forgotten to mention where this test is. Just looking out for you.

    1. Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona.

    2. Added, thanks.

  3. something is not right here!
    On TheF1.com it says that massa is attending the test while on f1.nl says that raikkonen is driving

  4. I think f1today.nl isn’t on the track but are only relaying information from other sites…

  5. Its Raikkonen on track not massa!
    And jenson is keeping my hopes up coming 1st already!

  6. the honda actually looks good

    1. reminder: Brawn GP not Honda lol.

  7. The McLaren situation is dire. This iteration is not just a derivative progression given a boost by the odd dirty trick tip. They haven’t got a Newey and they haven’t had much Pedro time to help steer them back in the right direction when they get it wrong as happened when Alonso & De La Rosa pulled them out of their hole 2 years ago.

  8. Half a second covering the top four at the moment – the times have looked pretty close at most of the tests so far. Bodes well for a decent season.

  9. I dont want to upset but I think that Brawn GP are the underdog who will reign supreme!

    1. Why would that upset? It’s what I’m hoping for (and hopefully a great many people will also join me in supporting them this year…)

    2. me included!

    3. Yep me too!! :D

  10. Can Anybody tell me why Adrian Newey left McLaren?

    1. I would imagine Red Bull offered him a lot of autonomy and money.

  11. witch wing is Mclaren having on today?

    1. 09 spec rear wing – oh dear…

  12. I’m following this site for some time now (absolutely fantastic Keith, really great job!), but sometimes I don’t understand the, let’s call it, sentiment of peoples responses (not only on this thread by the way). Just one example: if you’re a fan of McLaren, fine by me, great team. But why do people confuse supporting a team with predicting they will blow away the competition when there’s absolutely no proof or even sign for that? I’m a big fan of Williams ever since I started to follow F1 as a small boy (’79) but that’s no reason to claim they will dominate?! When you look objectively at testing we can expect not much less from them as from McLaren. Or from Toyota, or Ferrari for example.

    Let’s close off with ‘well, yeah… that’s just like… your opinion man’. On to a great season (without any team dominating I hope) and a lot of fun for everyone!

    1. Welcome to the world of online F1 :)

      Here; you support only one team. which automatically translates into other teams being nothing more than trash. The debates will always be heated; sentiments will always be there.

      But its all in good spirit. And devoid of ill-feelings and swear words. :)

    2. I agree with Marijn. people tends to vocal about their favorite team will going to dominate the whole competition. i am a williams f1 fan, but theres such joy if f1 goes like 1991 c’ship nor the dominace of Ferrari at the 2002 c’ship.
      Lets hoping for an open competition shall we?!
      much better quality for f1 if there is 3 or 4 teams always threatening the podiums

  13. Are you updating the list of today’s testing drivers as they become apparent Keith? ITVF1 have photos of SeaBass testing the STR4 today.

    1. Done!

      And there’s more pics of the STR4 being tested here:

      Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4 launched – first pictures (2009 F1 cars)

  14. Simon Parker
    9th March 2009, 12:50

    Good on Ross, I hope his new team does very well, im sure with him at the helm and Jenson and Rubens at the wheel they have a fighting chance! I wonder if Ross is getting any support from Ferrari though?!!!

  15. Jenson Button fastest in the BGP001


    Thats what I like to see!

  16. Newey left Mclaren because he couldn’t work in a big organization where he would not have total control of the entire design process.

  17. I am McLaren supporter and can’t help but think they are missing him allot. With the new 09 Wing they are still recording slow times.. I think it is time to start worrying…

    Great work Ross. nice to see you on top of the time sheets. I think everybody in F1 is suppriced by this as much as I am. Well done

  18. Well done for Brawn GP! They saved the best for last. I can’t wait for the opening F1 season. Will this maybe a great season? ;-)

    1. Bit of a typo there. It’s Piquet in the Renault today.

    2. Fixed it, thanks guys.

  19. Pete Walker
    9th March 2009, 14:26

    A good start for Brawn GP! Obviously we can’t read too much into the times but to top the sheets after 38 laps of the new car’s first test is a good sign. :)

    Regarding Newey, I also heard that Red Bull offered him much more freedom to work on other projects, and he planned to (at some point) get involved in designing racing yachts.

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