2009 F1 testing: March 12th (update: pictures and video added)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Even the Force Indias have been giving the McLarens a run for their money
Even the Force Indias have been giving the McLarens a run for their money

It’s the final official test day at the Circuit de Catalunya before the 2009 F1 season gets started in Australia.

There’s a huge amount of speculation about what’s going on at McLaren. Compiling all the best times from the Barcelona test sees the MP4-24 down in 16th and 19th.

But what about the other teams? Who’s fastest, who’s reliable – and who’s not? Follow the final F1 testing day below.

Today’s testing line-up

It’s mostly the same line-up as yesterday but Rubens Barrichello takes over from Jenson Button in the Brawn GP car:

Toyota – Timo Glock
Ferrari – Felipe Massa
McLaren – Lewis Hamilton
Brawn GP – Rubens Barrichello
Red Bull – Sebastian Vettel
Toro Rosso – Sebastien Buemi
Williams – Nico Rosberg
Renault – Fernando Alonso
BMW – Robert Kubica
Force India – Adrian Sutil

Overall times so far

Here are each drivers best times from the three days of the test so far:

1 Jenson Button Brawn GP BGP001 1’19.’127
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari F60 1’20.168 +1.041
3 Robert Kubica BMW F1.09 1’20.217 +1.090
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F60 1’20.314 +1.187
5 Nick Heidfeld BMW F1.09 1’20.338 +1.211
6 Timo Glock Toyota TF109 1’20.410 +1.283
7 Fernando Alonso Renault R29 1’20.863 +1.736
8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams FW31 1’20.907 +1.780
9 Jarno Trulli Toyota TF109 1’20.937 +1.810
10 Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP BGP001 1’20.966 +1.839
11 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull RB5 1’21.165 +2.038
12 Nico Rosberg Williams FW31 1’21.324 +2.197
13 Mark Webber Red Bull RB5 1’21.347 +2.220
14 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India VJM02 1’21.545 +2.418
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso STR4 1’21.569 +2.442
16 Lewis Hamilton McLaren MP4-24 1’21.657 +2.530
17 Nelson Piquet Jnr Renault R29 1’21.662 +2.535
18 Adrian Sutil Force India VJM02 1’21.834 +2.707
19 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren MP4-24 1’21.991 +2.864
20 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso STR4 1’22.158 +3.031

Video from today’s test

Pictures from today’s test

Live timing

Try the following sites for live lap times (various languages):

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

If you find any more good sites for following testing lap times, please post details below. 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.

2009 F1 testing

119 comments on “2009 F1 testing: March 12th (update: pictures and video added)”

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  1. Hmmm that McLaren is rather low down the list… I guess Melbourne will answer the my questions.

    1. In an interview with Pedro de la Rosa, he said that the lack of pace was due to McLaren testing out parts for the 2010 specifications, which included no tyre warmers and a heavy fuel load due to the ban of refueling.

  2. any english sites were i can follow practice live ?

  3. Its just next to impossible that there is something fundamentally wrong with the car. I think they have learnt from past mistakes. I mean if this turns out to be the true pace of the car there is no point in following the rest of the season. Mclaren, i belive have one of the largest fan base around the world. If this turns out to be sandbagging fine or else they would have not only let themselves down but also the fans like me. But i still think its sandbagging.

    1. Fans are usually quick to adopt one of the teams fighting for the championship as their most popular team. If not McLaren then they will root for BMW or Renault (assuming Ferrari still stays there).

      I was at two races in Italy in the Renault (Alonso) vs McLaren (Raikkonen) year when Ferrari had produced a dud. I was amazed at how few Ferrari shirts where walking around. All of a sudden there were masses of blue shirts.

  4. The Button’s time was made jumping the chicane?

  5. Massa’s stints yesterday were impressive. I doubt anyone can challenge Ferrari drivers at first races at least.

    1. Until they put their KERS into the car a couple of races later…

  6. test today is delayed due to fog

  7. So in the next step is mclaren gonna take sutil from force india to partner hamilton if does well this season..?

  8. According to f1-today Lewis had a long conversation/meeting yesterday evening with the team engineers lasting around 3 hours.

    It’s starting to look more and more like there is a geniune problem – hopefully they can nail it this week and then turn up at Jerez with some new parts (diffuser in particular) and wipe the floor.

    1. McLaren won’t be at Jerez, I don’t think. Nor will any other team save for Brawn GP.

  9. Trepenator even if thats the case then Button would lay 3rd in overall with a 1:20.313

  10. Does anyone know who was running KERS during these tests?

  11. Lewis doesn’t strike me as a car improving kinda driver. Hey but thats just my opinion. This would be the real test for Lewis and Mac, if they really do have a crappy car. I would really like to see how things would pan out.

    Jenson’s looking pretty fast for a team just out of the blocks, hopefully all that work they did last would finally pay off. Like Ross Brawn said, the Mercedes engines fit the car the better compared to Ferrari, which was why they picked it. Hence they may not have had too much work trying to retro fit the car with it.

  12. I think it is true that Lewis is not that wonderful car improving driver. Not as much as Shumi was, not as Alonso is.
    Ferrari’s duo also doesn’t work that good.

    I’m still missing a convicted opinion about McLaren defaillance. Yesterday I read a line from Ron Dennis, he was saying no problems. But it is really unusual the slow they run just two weeks before the starts.

  13. I meant convinced.
    Some of Freudian Slip…:-D

  14. Another update from BMW – new diffusor:


    1. link is broken..
      anyone else with this problem?

  15. Does anybody know if Brawn GP are using KERS?

    Re the BGP001 and its test times, don’t forget that they would have been able to do a lot of track work on that car during the 2008 season…

    1. How exactly? They were competing as Honda F1 – okay they no doubt tested many parts (other than the very visible tests of the 09 front wing) bolted onto their old car, but they wouldn’t have been able to give the BGP001 (or RA109 as it would have been) a run out as it wasn’t built…

    2. Adrian, apparently they were working on the BGP001 from sometime in 2007. I imagine they very well could have been running an interrim 09 car last year during private/straight line in-season tests.

    3. Brawn said in an interview that they are not working on a KERS. It’s probably going to be the only car that won’t have KERS at all all year — of course, if it did not end up helping the other teams, more of them might decide to sit it out as well.

  16. good to see brawn GP looking strong

  17. @ Alastair
    there’s an interview with brawn on autosport – they currently have no KERS apparently.

  18. Rosberg goes fastest today with the 2nd fastest time this week: 1:19.774

  19. Brawn are not using KERS at the minute.

    @ Trepenator if thats the case Jenson ran a 1:20.313 as his next fastest lap.

  20. To me the time sheet signifies that McLaren do not have ability to make a good car from the scratch. They need another stolen data of their rivals. The drivers they’ve got are not good or experienced enough to produce a good car.

    1. Don’t talk rubbish. I assume you are alluding crudely to the Ferrari spygate fiasco. Their car was checked by the FIA in 2007 and then again before the 2008 season and no misappropriation of IP was found whatsoever – that’s probably why they weren’t kicked completely and “only” given a fine. You also show a lack of understanding of F1 – you cannot just take data and designs from one car and magically fit them to/make them work on another – the balance is different, different aero parts would not work well together etc. The only way the Ferrari data could have helped them would be if they built a carbon copy of the Ferrari car and ran that.

      Don’t forget that the MP4-22 and 23 had an amazing lineage, going back to the MP4-19b designed by Newey.

    2. Because thats exactly what they did in 1998 and 1999 lmao

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