Heidfeld Fastest On Barcelona Test Day 1
Nick Heidfeld was the fastest driver on the first day of testing at the Catalunya Circuit, Barcelona.
The BMW driver was around 1/2 a second faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who put in another solid day for the Italian team.
Jarno Trulli was third;
“This morning started off with drizzly conditions but the rain quickly tailed off, giving us the chance to have a good day’s work,” said Trulli. “The afternoon was windier but the track surface was fine.
“The car felt well balanced from the start and we worked on several new things on the aero side which gave us positive results. We were competitive throughout the day and we collected a lot of data so this was a useful start to the test.”
The big talking point was Jenson Button who spent most of the day on top of the times, before finishing 4th. It was the first official test of the new Brawn GP Mercedes against other cars, and it certainly looked good.
Piquet was 5th, followed by Bourdais in the new Toro Rosso Ferrari launched earlier today.
The new Toro was faster than the counterpart Red Bull of Mark Webber in 7th, just ahead of Sutil in the Force India and Nakajima in the Williams.
McLaren were slowest, as they sought to extreme methods of completely changing the floor on the MP4-24. Desperate times calling for desperate measures?
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.339 92 2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:20.908 80 3. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:20.937 118 4. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:21.140 82 5. Piquet Renault (B) 1:21.662 124 6. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:22.158 96 7. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.246 115 8. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:22.452 127 9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:22.813 111 10. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:22.948 87
This entry was posted on March 9, 2009 by f1fanatics. It was filed under BMW Sauber, Brawn GP, F1 News, F1 Testing, Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota, Williams and was tagged with Brawn GP Car, Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Mark Webber, Nick Heidfeld, Testing Barcelona.