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Monday, January 19, 2009

Renault, Williams debut

Two more teams launched their 2009 challengers today, with Renault's R29 and Williams' FW31 hitting the track in Portugal

Both cars feature many of the design features Ferrari, Toyota and McLaren revealed last week in order to comply with the new regs.



Renault R29 F1 Launch


For Renault, the biggest change came in the predominantly bright yellow livery. The car also retains the "shark fin" engine cover, at least for now, changes are likely before Melbourne.

Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet return for 2009.



Williams FW31 F1 Launch


Williams debuted in a low-low-key way with test driver Nico Hulkenberg showing the car off at the Algarve Motor Park circuit in Portugal.


"It will be a very interesting year ahead. The new aero rules mean a different approach to the cars in a number if areas," Frank Williams said. "However, by the time we get to Melbourne, I would expect the usual suspects to still be dominating the top two positions. More importantly, I hope Williams will have made a significantly large step forward with the FW31."

Hulkenberg put in 17 wet-weather laps before he went off and damaged the nose.

Nico Rosberg takes over from Hulkenberg on Tuesday. Rosberg teams up with Kazuki Nakajima again in 2009.

Remaining launch schedule:
Jan. 20:
BMW Sauber
Feb. 9: Red Bull
TBA: Toro Rosso, Force India, "Honda"

Buemi leads first day of test

In what is beginning to sound like a broken record, Sebastien Buemi was fastest on the opening day of testing at Algarve Monday.

Wet conditions limited running, however, and Buemi was the only driver on track running 2008 machinery.

  1. Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:41.528
  2. de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:46.076
  3. Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:46.335
  4. Piquet, Renault, 1:48.907
  5. Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:50.989
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2 comments:

sidepodcast said...

if 'honda' manage to launch, it'll be in melbourne won't it?

is buemi driving all week? he's not going to let that lead go in a hurry.

SpeedRead said...

does it have to have an engine in it to launch? :)

Looks like Buemi all week.He probably noticed how STR treated Bourdais for not being "fast enough"

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