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Alonso ups the pace with Renault

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Jerez - Monday - Test day 2
16/03/09 18:18



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Alonso breaks the Brawn GP domination
Sunny conditions greeted the four teams taking part in the final Jerez tests ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was again back in action for Renault and today topped the timesheets ahead of the impressive Brawn Mercedes.

Alonso, making up some time lost on Sunday, completed just over 100 laps with a best time of 1:18.343s, eight-tenths quicker than the Sunday pace.

Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button were both in action for Brawn GP today, the former setting the second fastest time less than a tenth adrift of Alonso, while the latter had a troubled afternoon after taking over the car and could only complete 12 laps.

McLaren Mercedes joined the test today with Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel of the so-far troublesome MP4-24. The defending champion completed a good number of laps on his way to the fourth fastest time. With diffusers very much in the news, today the car featured a data collection device situated on the right hand side of the diffuser.


Nico Rosberg continued the Williams Toyota test programme, completing an impressive 123 laps in the FW31 and was fifth fastest.

Testing continues on Tuesday.

Jerez - 16/03/2009
1 . F. Alonso - Renault R29 - 1:18.343 (+ 0.000 ) - 103 laps
2 . R. Barrichello - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001 - 1:18.398 (+ 0.055 ) - 62 laps
3 . J. Button - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001 - 1:18.892 (+ 0.549 ) - 12 laps
4 . L. Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 1:19.513 (+ 1.170 ) - 87 laps
5 . N. Rosberg - Williams Toyota FW31 - 1:19.783 (+ 1.440 ) - 123 laps.

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Button back on top with Brawn Mercedes

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Jerez - Tuesday - Test day 3
17/03/09 17:51



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Brawn GP must now be favourites
for the victory in Melbourne!
Testing continued today at Jerez, once again under sunny skies. Following a gearbox problem that halted the BGP 001 yesterday, Jenson Button duly returned to the top of the timesheets for Brawn GP.

Button lapped the 4.428km circuit half a second under Fernando Alonso's best time recorded yesterday, stopping the clocks in 1:17.844s and concluding the team's brief and impressive pre-season test programme.

Nico Rosberg was just two-tenths off the ultimate pace for Williams Toyota but suffered a substantial off, striking the retaining tyre wall with the right hand side of the FW31. This restricted the German racer to just 66 laps on the day.

Nelson Piquet took over testing duties from Fernando Alonso for the final day of testing at Renault. The Brazilian put in an impressive 128 laps and was third fastest, just half a second shy of Button.

Lewis Hamilton was back behind the wheel of the MP4-24, but had to be content with the fourth fastest time, over a second off the pace.


Testing continues on Wednesday with just McLaren Mercedes and Williams Toyota in action.

Jerez - 17/03/2009
1 . J. Button - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001 - 1:17.844 (+ 0.000 ) - 114 laps
2 . N. Rosberg - Williams Toyota FW31 - 1:18.041 (+ 0.197 ) - 66 laps
3 . N. Piquet - Renault R29 - 1:18.382 (+ 0.538 ) - 128 laps
4 . L. Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 1:19.121 (+ 1.277 ) - 118 laps.

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Jerez day four - Kovalainen heads two-car field

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 Formula One Testing, 18 March 2009, Jerez, Spain. Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW31 Formula One Testing, 18 March 2009, Jerez, Spain.
Jerez day four - Kovalainen heads two-car field

With just McLaren and Williams still testing at Jerez, it was the former’s Heikki Kovalainen who set the pace at the Spanish circuit on Wednesday. Kovalainen’s best time of 1m 18.202s put the Finn almost two seconds clear of Kazuki Nakajima, as they completed 85 and 103 laps respectively.

Taking over from team mate Lewis Hamilton, Kovalainen evaluated new aerodynamic modifications for the MP4-24. In perfect weather conditions, McLaren described the test as ‘extremely productive’, both in terms of evaluating the lap time potential of the new components and their effectiveness over the course of a simulated race stint.

Both McLaren and Williams will conclude testing at Jerez on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren MP4-24, 1:18.202
2. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams FW31, 1:20.023
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Pre-season testing comes to an end

Pre-season testing comes to an end
Jerez - Thursday - Test day 5
19/03/09 17:45

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A good turn of speed from Nakajima and Williams
The final tests ahead of the new Formula One season came to a close this afternoon at Jerez with McLaren Mercedes and Williams Toyota concluding their pre-season running.

Kazuki Nakajima was on hand to wrap up testing of the FW31, putting in 102 laps of the Spanish test circuit and recording a best time of 1:17.494s. The time eclipsed Jenson Button's best of 1:17.844s recorded on Tuesday and will be a boost for the Grove-based team.

“Kazuki was back in the cockpit today working through last minute reliability and performance items that required sign-off for Melbourne," explained Technical Director Sam Michael. "We have put over 8,000kms on the FW31 in the last two months and, while there are always areas that require attention, reliability has been good.”

“We’ve also been working hard with Toyota to achieve good reliability on the engine’s working range, which has been subject to a reduction in revs but an increase in mileage. Considering the time we’ve had to do this, the work has gone well, he concluded"

Heikki Kovalainen was back behind the wheel of the MP4-24 for the second day, the team once again using flow visualisation paint, this time on the floor of the chassis just ahead of the rear diffuser.
Kovalainen was just under half a second adrift of Nakajima but three-tenths up on his Wednesday best.

"The team concluded the on track proving process of the MP4-24 package," McLaren said in a statement. "New components, which arrived from the McLaren Technology Centre overnight, were fitted to the car for today’s session receiving productive feedback."

With the new regulations in place that prohibit in-season testing, the ten teams will now only be in action over the next 17 Grand Prix weekends, the first of which gets underway next Friday in Melbourne...

Jerez - 19/03/2009
1 . K. Nakajima - Williams Toyota FW31 - 1:17.494 (+ 0.000 ) - 102 laps
2 . H. Kovalainen - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 - 1:17.946 (+ 0.452 ) - 84 laps.

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F1: Nakajima Raises The Bar

F1: Nakajima Raises The Bar

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03/19/2009 - 12:37 PM
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Williams stole some headlines on the last day of preseason testing before Melbourne, as Kazuki Nakajima set the best ever time for a 2009-spec car at Jerez on Thursday.

Nakajima took advantage of good track conditions on Thursday (LAT) » More Photos
Having occupied the lower rungs of the timesheets for much of the winter, with only occasional flashes of pace, Nakajima lapped in 1m17.494s early on Thursday, eclipsing Jenson Button's 1m17.844s set on Tuesday, albeit with the benefit of more rubber laid down from an additional two days of running. The Japanese driver eventually completed 102 laps, and will gear up for Melbourne confident about the car's reliability, if not its ultimate pace.

“Firstly, I think we’ve had a successful run of winter testing" said Nakajima. "We’ve managed to put a lot of mileage on the car, mainly because we haven’t experienced any reliability issues. The team have done a lot of work on the car throughout this process and it’s looking quite good, but we will have to wait to see where everyone really is. I’m really excited about going to Australia and can’t wait to get there now."

Williams technical director Sam Michael added "“Kazuki was back in the cockpit
today working through last minute reliability and performance items that required sign-off for Melbourne. We have put over 8,000kms on the FW31 in the last two months and, while there are always areas that require attention, reliability has been good. We’ve also been working hard with Toyota to achieve good reliability on the engine’s working range, which has been subject to a reduction in revs but an increase in mileage. Considering the time we’ve had to do this, the work has gone well."

While neither Nakajima nor Michael were willing to speculate on the pace of the Williams relative to its competitors, Nico Rosberg, who did not run on Thursday, said "I think that we are probably in a strong mid-field position, but we will have to wait until Melbourne to be certain."

The only other car on track during Thursday's session was Heikki Kovalainen, whose Mclaren MP4-24 also dipped under the 78-second mark for the first time, stopping the clock in 1m17.946s in a run of 84 laps, missing Button's previous best by 0.102s.

Thursday was the final test for the foreseeable future, as in-season testing is banned in 2009.
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