F1 testing continues at Jerez today with McLaren, Renault, Williams and Brawn GP still at work at the track.
Renault were quickest yesterday with Fernando Alonso at the wheel. Will Nelson Piquet Jnr be able to replicate his team mate’s pace today?
Today’s testing line-up
Nelson Piquet Jnr
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2009 F1 testing
- 2009 F1 testing: March 16th
- 2009 F1 testing: March 15th (Video)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 12th (update: pictures and video added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 11th (Update: pictures and video added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 10th (Updated: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 9th (Update: pictures and video added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 5th (Update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 4th (Update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 3rd (Update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 2nd (update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: March 1st (Pictures)
- 2009 F1 testing: February 19th (Update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: February 18th (Update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: February 17th (Updated: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: February 16th (Update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: February 11th (Update: pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing: February 10th (Update: video and pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing notes: January 24th
- 2009 F1 testing notes: January 23rd (Update: Pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing notes: January 22nd (Update: new video and pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing notes: January 21st (Update: video and pictures added)
- 2009 F1 testing notes: January 20th (pictures and video)
- 2009 F1 testing notes: January 19th (pictures)
40 comments on “2009 F1 testing: March 17th”
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)
17th March 2009, 8:43
From James Allen on yesterday’s test:
17th March 2009, 10:02
I think Fernando had fuel for just two laps. But anyhow is a very good result, despite today times are under 1’18 for Brawn GP and near to 1’18 for Nico Rosberg.
On the other hand, Piquet is in 1’20…
17th March 2009, 9:09
So Brawn are still for real, and still stunningly ahead. But I have the impression that with McLaren fixing its problems and Renault on the up, the pecking order is now less clear than it was by the end of the Barcelona testing.
17th March 2009, 9:28
And Williams have are leading at the moment.
17th March 2009, 9:47
Wow! 1:17.9 from Jenson!
17th March 2009, 9:48
17th March 2009, 10:15
Jenson stunning time :)
McLaren improving bit by bit – but so are the others!
17th March 2009, 10:17
God BrawnGP are super Quick i can see them breaking records everywhere this season! Yet a other track record smashed this week! Button for championship this year would be a fairytale!
17th March 2009, 10:34
17th March 2009, 10:59
Piquet 1:18:382 !!! ???
17th March 2009, 11:01
I’v never seen an amazing performance as Brown’s one. Last year they were so bad…really strange.
McLaren improve is slow, but may be they found the right direction. Anyway they’re still the slowest and if they made basic mistake in design of the car they will not be able to come back to last year design. They’re running high risk there (remember MP4/28 story…if I remember well)
Never been so unclear before the first GP of the season. It’s exciting.
17th March 2009, 11:03
17th March 2009, 11:18
The more I see that Renault the better looking I think it is :S
17th March 2009, 11:56
Agreed. For some reason, it reminds me of the A-10 Thunderbolt. Renault should put a sharks teeth paintjob on the nose to go with it, make it look like a hammerhead as it’s halfway there already.
17th March 2009, 11:22
What is remarkable is that the times from Brawn, Rubbens or Button, come in a stint of laps, whilst the fastest time for Alonso yesterday was a flying lap (I think they tried to beat the fastest lap, like in a qualifying session).
If the comments from f1today.nl are correct, Jenson has managed several laps in the 1:18, whilst the good time from Piquet seemingly came in short stints.
Not sure about Rosberg though, but good thing the times are coming down, and I’m happy to see Piquet managing similar (or better) times than Alonso, cause it looked like Alonso would be almost 1s faster than his teammate (and that’s too much a disadvantage)
17th March 2009, 11:29
In fact Jenson has made 10 laps stints in 1’19 and lower meanwhile Rosberg, doing the same was in 1’20. 1 Second faster for Brawn!!!
On the other hand Piquet has improved but they have added some small modifications in the rear part of the front wing, and it seems it works.
You can see the modifications in
17th March 2009, 11:41
Green paint on Mclaren again…
17th March 2009, 12:49
I have a question for you all guys.
I’ve always been curious but never known what actually are those appendixes that the cars have at the very top of the air box, just over the roll bar behind the head of the driver. They are the higher part of the car, I’ve always thought they incorporated TV cameras, but I’m not su sure…
17th March 2009, 13:38
They are used to measure wind speed/direction and air flow generated by the wind. CFD and wind tunnels gave nearly accurate results but teams seek on-track verification.
17th March 2009, 12:51
I believe they are tv cameras, but i’ve always wondered myself why they use taller ones in testing?
17th March 2009, 12:59
They are for sending telemetry back to the pits.
17th March 2009, 13:47
Will Nelson Piquet Jnr be able to replicate his team mate’s pace today?
17th March 2009, 14:01
Doesn’t look like McLaren is making enough progress to be Competitive in Melbourn. I cant see them making up 1.2sec before Melbourn. And no in season testing. Gonna be a long season for me and the other McLaren Supporters
17th March 2009, 14:59
I share your fears carl. Lets just hope it was a data gathering session and the new part is already winging its way over from woking. Maybe even a complete new car… :)
17th March 2009, 15:04
I agree they’re behind but they aren’t testing light so they aren’t quite that far behind.
17th March 2009, 15:07
Brawn potentially have a car that is nearly a second faster than anybody.
17th March 2009, 15:24
I didn’t mean the antenna, I meant the “wing profile bodies”. There are at the top of the air box, vertical or horizontal, sometimes by the sides of the nose.
Didn’t mean pitot tubes or velocity probes.
17th March 2009, 15:33
TV camera housings.
17th March 2009, 15:32
In yellow here:
17th March 2009, 15:44
What about Ferrari complaining about GPBrown? They say they are illegal… what do you think about?
17th March 2009, 15:47
where did you hear that?
17th March 2009, 17:21
That’s why am I asking… there is not so munch information about. Is it only a kind of rumor?
It seems that the diffuser is too big.
Sorry, it is Brawn…
17th March 2009, 19:53
Damn it! Even if that’s true in any way what kind of a saint does Flav think he is? Yep, the Renaults have always been 100% legal, right? Always?
A hypocrite always deserves a kick but especially when they’re down… Grrr…
17th March 2009, 20:21
Now we know why Ron Dennis moved over. He saw the new car developing without any Newey genes, and foresaw that McLaren are now entering an extended twilight period, just like Williams, post Newey.
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)
17th March 2009, 20:45
Press release: Brawn GP
JEREZ TEST – DAY THREE
No of Laps 114 laps
Best Lap Time 01:17.844
Kilometres Covered 505km
Track Length 4.428km
Weather – Hot and sunny with a strong breeze
Ambient Temperature – Maximum 20°C
Track Temperature – Maximum 36°C
Jenson Button concluded the Brawn GP team’s pre-season programme in Jerez this afternoon, topping the timesheets on the final day of testing ahead of the new Formula One season.
Jenson completed 114 laps of the Spanish circuit as the team continued its chassis set-up evaluations and performance development of the new car.
With seven valuable days of running completed with the BGP 001 car in Barcelona and Jerez, the team will now return to its Brackley base to complete the final preparations for the first race in Melbourne on 29 March.
“We have had a very useful test in Jerez this week, particularly today where we have been able to fine-tune the set-up of the car to my liking ahead of the first race. Even after such a short testing programme, I feel that we are ready for the challenge ahead in Melbourne, however we will still need every minute of the Friday practice sessions to make the most of our first race weekend.”
ROSS BRAWN, Team Principal
“The conclusion of this week’s test in Jerez brings our short pre-season testing programme with the BGP 001 to a successful conclusion. Our programme to date has been dominated by the requirement to prove the car’s reliability however we are also pleased with the competitive lap times that we have seen from the car over the past two weeks. The test in Jerez has been particularly useful and allowed the drivers to complete valuable chassis set-up work and evaluate the Bridgestone Potenza tyre compounds which we will use in Melbourne. I would like to thank the team and our drivers for all their hard work over the past few weeks as we look forward to the first race and the opportunity to finally see the car in action in a competitive environment.”
RESULTS (All timings are unofficial)
Pos Driver Team Time 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
18th March 2009, 0:56
I’ve always had a soft spot for Jenson, too bad he’d fallen under the radar past couple seasons, I always enjoyed watching him get a good result.
Looks like he’ll be on the pace this season, unless Max and his buddies deem the rear diffuser illegal.
So I’ll be supporting Jenson as my second driver this season…Alonso as my first pick..as usual!
18th March 2009, 8:44
Keith, it seems like you may have let some stupid and irrelevant comments slip through the cracks…
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)
18th March 2009, 9:25
Ta mate – fixed.
18th March 2009, 9:56
How many Km has Brawn covered now? they seemed to have put a load on the clock over the past couple of weeks
18th March 2009, 12:10
hmm if Brawn are that quick then they should’ve probably signed Senna. A Senna in a winning f1 car would get more coverage than even Hamilton gets. Sponsorships would be a formailty.
With a geriatric comb over tubbs, maybe less so.
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