2009 F1 testing: March 10th (Updated: pictures added)

Toro Rosso will continue testing their new STR4

Toro Rosso will continue testing their new STR4

BMW flexed their muscles in testing yesterday with Nick Heidfeld half a second faster around the Circuit de Catalunya than anyone else.

They almost certainly don’t have that great an advantage over their rivals – and nor should McLaren be quite as slow as Heikki Kovalainen’s time yesterday suggests. But an impression is growing that BMW have got it right and McLaren haven’t. Will that be the case again today? And will Brawn GP continue to show promise?

Today’s testing line-up

Toyota – Jarno Trulli
Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen
McLaren – Heikki Kovalainen
Brawn GP – Rubens Barrichello
Red Bull – Mark Webber
Toro Rosso – Sebastien Bourdais
Williams – Kazuki Nakajima
Renault – Fernando Alonso
BMW – Nick Heidfeld
Force India – Adrian Sutil

Pictures from today’s test

Live timing

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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) Getty Images, Ferrari spa, Force India F1 Team

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30 comments on 2009 F1 testing: March 10th (Updated: pictures added)

  1. IDR said on 10th March 2009, 6:51

    Keith, Spanish press is telling today Fernando Alonso will be testing Renault car, not Nelson Piquet Jr.

  2. patrickl said on 10th March 2009, 8:26

    F1Today also claim that Barrichello replaces Button.

  3. Simpson said on 10th March 2009, 8:26

    Even button is not testing.Bari is testing for Brawn GP

  4. Ali said on 10th March 2009, 8:47

    Oops first Ferrari engine blow of the season?

    Bourdais is reported to stop on track due to small flames coming from the back of his STR4, according to F1today.nl.

  5. djdaveyp said on 10th March 2009, 10:57

    Well the BrawnGP car is looking hopefully like it’ll at least be in the midfield this season!

  6. Pedro Valenzuela said on 10th March 2009, 11:04

    Live commentary from the circuit: http://www.motor21.com/noticia.asp?dt=315&nt=61287

  7. Ian Bryant said on 10th March 2009, 11:25

    I’m a little worried about WIlliams I was hoping to have a chance to make up my mind on Rosberg this season!

  8. djdaveyp said on 10th March 2009, 12:18

    Does anybody know what package McLaren are running today?

  9. BaKano said on 10th March 2009, 12:34

    djdaveyp, I’m wondering if even McLaren knows what package are they running… :-P

  10. David said on 10th March 2009, 12:37

    I think 2009 pack, dj.
    See some of the last pictures on formula1.com gallery.

  11. djdaveyp said on 10th March 2009, 14:29

    Gosh its quiet today! No news from testing at all!

  12. Nefastis said on 10th March 2009, 14:31

    BMW just testing some aero upgrades including brand new shark fin and modified rear wing…

  13. roser said on 10th March 2009, 14:44

    Any news-rumour about how much fuel Rubens has today?

    • Pete said on 10th March 2009, 17:00

      “On the basis of our simulations, we knew what lap times this car would do theoretically at Jerez, Bahrain and Barcelona. When we saw the times of the competition, we were surprised they were not quicker,” Brawn revealed.

      OH SNAP!!!

      I’m super excited :-)

  14. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th March 2009, 17:30

    Press releases:

    Toro Rosso

    Sebastien Bourdais
    Chassis: STR4-02
    Best time: 1:23.039
    Laps: 14
    Sebastien Buemi
    Chassis: STR4-02
    Best time: no flying laps
    Laps: 6

    The lack of laps tell their own story today. After Bourdais had completed just 14 laps, a problem was identified on the front suspension, which could not be solved completely without the arrival of new parts from the factory back in Faenza.

    Therefore, rather than continue with car development testing, it was decided to put Buemi in the car, running just “in” and “out” laps, while carrying out basic systems checks. The reason for the driver switch is that Bourdais had already run in the new car yesterday and on two days last week at the Adria circuit in Italy, therefore it was decided to give Buemi a chance to try his seat position and get a feel for the car for the first time, prior to starting testing proper tomorrow.


    Panasonic Toyota Racing today continued its week’s testing at Barcelona with another good session of work on the TF109. The day started cloudy and the track was initially damp but the tarmac soon dried out and the sun came out shortly before lunch. Jarno Trulli was in the cockpit for Toyota, working on set-up before long runs in the afternoon. The team also used the chance to do some pit stop practice. Jarno again put in over 100 laps as he brought his winter’s work to a close. Timo Glock will take over for the last two days.

    Jarno Trulli – Chassis TF109-04
    Position: 4th of 11
    Best lap time: 1min 21.182s (+0.868s)
    Total laps: 121
    “Today was my last day of testing for the winter. We again did a lot of laps including some interesting long runs as we finalised our preparations for Melbourne. It’s clear we will only find out the true picture in Australia but I’m happy with our work in the course of the tests we’ve done. The car has been competitive and consistent so we can head into the first race with confidence. I feel ready.”

    Dieter Gass, Chief Engineer Race and Test
    “This was another interesting and useful day. We did some long run evaluation and continued finalising our race preparations for Melbourne. Of course this was Jarno’s last test day before then. He seems happy with the car’s balance and we are happy with how it’s going so it’s looking good so far.”


    Weather conditions: Overcast with a damp track early in the morning, sunny for the rest of the day.
    Temperature: Air: 11 – 20 °C, Track: 13 – 26 °C
    Number of drivers participating: 10 from 10 teams
    Fastest lap overall: Kimi Raikkönen (Scuderia Ferrari) 1:20.314 min
    Circuit length: 4.655 km

    Nick Heidfeld
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-04 / BMW 86/9
    Test kilometres today: 578 (124 laps)
    Fastest lap: 1:21.615 min


    The BMW Sauber F1 Team started the day with a race simulation. Nick Heidfeld completed a full race distance without any technical problems. To give the mechanics some valuable preseason pit lane testing, the team practiced several pit stops and even simulated a stop-and-go penalty.

    After that the team concentrated on the set-up of the BMW Sauber F1.09 and tried different aero solutions. At the end of the session Heidfeld did a couple of practice starts on the circuit’s main straight.

    Nick Heidfeld said: “The race simulation was an important and valuable part of the final preparations for the Australian Grand Prix, which is in less than three weeks. It was the last test for me, I’m now looking forward to the season opener in Melbourne.”

    Red Bull

    Driver: Mark Webber
    Car: RB5 – 03
    Laps: 66
    Best time: 1:21.347
    Circuit length: 4.655 km
    Fastest lap: K. Raikkonen – 1:20.314

    Red Bull Racing’s progress on the second day of this test at the Catalunya track was hampered by two factors: a wet track at the start of the day and an electrical gremlin that took a while to find.

    Nevertheless, Mark completed 66 laps, which is a race distance at this circuit and worked on final preparations for Melbourne, finalising car set-up and practicing starts.

    Sebastian Vettel takes over from Mark tomorrow.

    • McLAREN:

      A continuation of yesterday’s programme, running the new front wing, floor and top body. The team focused on pitstop practice in the early morning while the track was still damp before continuing the set-up work conducted on Monday.

      Lewis joins the test tomorrow and will run a similar programme to today. “We are running through a big programme in Barcelona this week,” said McLaren Racing managing director Jonathan Neale. “Not only have we introduced a new series of aerodynamic components to MP4-24 but we have also been working on the car’s set-up and balance over longer runs as well as rehearsing our pitstop procedures.

      It’s been a very productive few days with Heikki in the car and we are hoping for an equally satisfactory conclusion to the week when Lewis takes to the track tomorrow.”

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