2009 Formula 1 Pre-season testing

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Post by Ed » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:32 am

mlittle wrote:
Julian Mayo wrote: Ahah! Chinks in the Brawn armour????
..............or, could Renault have been sandbagging?
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Testing times are so hard to read, so confusing and so unreliable.

Just before this test at Jerez, Sebastian Vettel set what was considered to be a stunning time of 1:19.055 and he was over half a second quicker than anyone else. No one came close to that time in any of the other days.

Now Alonso and Barrichello and Button have smashed that time so what does that mean ?
I suspect that the hotter track conditions were a major reason but I also suspect that many teams did not test in low fuel configuration at the same time Vettel did.
It will be interesting to see what McLaren will do this test as they are working round the clock to get their car right and ready. The started a day later than the rest and are staying 2 more days after the rest!

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Post by Julian Mayo » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:43 am

mlittle wrote:
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Ed wrote:Second day of testing at Jerez and it was Fernando Alonso who topped the timesheets just a fraction ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button.

Alonso's time of a 1:18.343 is the quickest so far in a 2009 spec car.

Nico Rosberg covered the most number of laps with 123.

The Brawn GP drivers swapped at midday and Jenson Button who took over in the afternoon had a gearbox problem which limited his running to just 12 laps.

Full Results

Rank Driver Team Best Laptime Total laps
1. Fernando Alonso Renault 1:18.343 103
2. Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP 1:18.398 62
3. Jenson Button Brawn GP 1:18.892 12
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:19.513 87
5. Nico Rosberg Williams 1:19.783 123

Testing continues on Tuesday
Ahah! Chinks in the Brawn armour????
..............or, could Renault have been sandbagging?
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Well, ..................Alonso was in the sand yesterday...................... :lol:
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Post by Julian Mayo » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:46 am

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Ahah! Chinks in the Brawn armour????
You had a theory about gearboxes and engines not fitting easily ... you may be right :wink:
I fear that $s and lack of time, coupled with a number of discontented employees will govern future progree :cry:
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Post by mlittle » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:53 pm

Julian Mayo wrote:
mlittle wrote:
Julian Mayo wrote: Ahah! Chinks in the Brawn armour????
..............or, could Renault have been sandbagging?
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Well, ..................Alonso was in the sand yesterday...................... :lol:
True....he could've been seeing how fast you could go through the sand before doing any damage to the car........... :mrgreen: :shock: :shock: :shock: :burnout:
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Post by Julian Mayo » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:35 pm

mlittle wrote:
Julian Mayo wrote:
mlittle wrote: ..............or, could Renault have been sandbagging?
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Well, ..................Alonso was in the sand yesterday...................... :lol:
True....he could've been seeing how fast you could go through the sand before doing any damage to the car........... :mrgreen: :shock: :shock: :shock: :burnout:
Very fast with that Renault engine behind him, look at the lap times........ :lol:
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Post by Ed » Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:39 pm

Third day of testing at Jerez and Jenson Button set yet another impressive time in the Brawn GP ahead of Nico Rosberg and Nelson Piquet.

Button's fastest time was a stunning 1:17.844 which is almost half a second quicker than the time set by Alonso.

Nelson Piquet covered the most number of laps with 133.

Full results

Rank Driver Team Best Laptime Total Laps
1. Jenson Button Brawn GP 1:17.844 114
2. Nico Rosberg Williams 1:18.071 66
3. Nelson Piquet Renault 1:18.382 133
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:19.121 121

Renault and Brawn GP have concluded their testing.

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Post by Julian Mayo » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:13 pm

That Merc/Mclaren does seem to be slow..................... :shock:
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Post by Ed » Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:48 pm

Latest articles relating to the F1 preseason testing and preparations for the season opener:

Two more teams conclude 2009 winter

Brawn car 'not illegal' - Barrichello

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Post by Ed » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:42 am

Day 4 at Jerez and Heikki Kovalainen set the fastest time of the day ahead of Kazuki Nakajima. Heikki's time was a 1:18.202 which is a good improvement over the times set by the team over the last 2 days.

Nakajima covered the most number of laps with 103

Full results

Rank Driver Team Best Laptime Total Laps
1. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren Mercedes 1:18.202 85
2. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1:20.023 103

Testing concludes on Thursday

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Post by Ed » Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:31 am

The F1 pre-season testing came to an end on Thursday with Williams and McLaren concluding their testing.

Kazuki Nakajima in the Williams set the fastest time of the day as well as for a 2009 spec car at Jerez with a 1:17.494. Heikki Kovalainen who was the only other driver on the track set a 1:17.946.

Nakajima covered 102 laps while Kovalainen covered 84 laps.

This marks the end of F1 testing this year as the new rules effectively ban testing 7 days prior to the first F1 race until the end of the year.

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