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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Vettel tops in Spain

Sebastian Vettel set the pace at Jerez, the Red Bull putting in a best time of 1:19.055.

Eight cars were in action on the first day of the next-to-last preseason test of 2009, which runs through Thursday.

The week could see all 10 teams in action somewhere across the globe. Toro Rosso is conducting a private test at Adria in Italy, while it remains to be seen if the “Honda” boys will make an appearance.

Sunday - Jerez
  1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:19.055
  2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.330
  3. Kamui Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:20.699
  4. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:21.171
  5. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:21.292
  6. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 1:21.584
  7. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:21.831
  8. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:22.011

Force India debuts

Force India’s 2009 challenger made it’s official debut on the Jerez circuit Sunday, a day after team photos were released revealing the 2009 livery.

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Rollout Force India VJM02

Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil will be testing the Mercedes-powered VJM02 throughout the week at Jerez.

After switching from Ferrari and shaking up the management structure to take a more hands-on approach, owner Vijay Mallya is looking for big things in his second season on the grid.

“What we really set out to do over the winter was to put in place structures, procedures and partnerships that would give improvement, but crucially, no excuses,” Mallya told Formula1.com.

Mallya said he will be using McLaren as a benchmark to evaluate his team’s performance.

“If performance relative to McLaren - the 2008 championship winning team - is low, there are only a reduced number of variables that need to be analyzed and understood,” he explained. “I would like to see a strong start, rising to points midseason and a definite improvement in qualifying. Regular points finishes should be the aim.”

Read the full story here.

“Honda” update

Adam Cooper on SpeedTV.com goes in-depth with analysis over Brawnsport or Brawn Sport (BS?) or Ross Brawn Racing or RBR (can’t do that one, can they...) or Brawn Racing or the team that was Honda or whatever. Anyway, it’s an interesting read. He wrote it a couple of days ago, so sorry for the tardiness of the link.

Pitpass is convinced it will be Brawn Racing, by the way, and the evidence is fairly supportive...

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