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Testing times for all in Spain

Sebastian Vettel

Day four: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is one of the first out on the Circuit de Catalunya track in misty conditions

Robert Kubica

BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica, who some critics rate as the most talented driver on the F1 circuit, battles with a lack of light

Lewis Hamilton

It has not been a great week for McLaren, who have lagged behind on pace, but Lewis Hamilton still finds time for a joke

Nico Rosburg

Nico Rosberg, of Williams-Toyota, puts in an impressive performance over 120 laps and finishes second overall in the unofficial timings with 1:19.774 as his fastest lap

Fernando Alonso in the paddock at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya

Local Fernando Alonso continues to be the centre of attention with fans who have found their way into the F1 paddock

Rubens Barrichello

But Rubens Barrichello completes a superb week for his newly-created Brawn GP team, finishing top of the pile with a fastest lap of 1:18.926 on the final day of testing in Spain

Lewis Hamilton

Day three: fresh from receiving an MBE from the Queen, British Formula One world champion gets behind the wheel of his McLaren-Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton leads Fernando Alonso's Renault during Barcelona testing

But the day does not go well for Hamilton - he has a crash, his second of the winter, and is slowest of all on the track

Jenson Button in his Brawn GP car

The new Brawn team continues to impress - Jenson Button sets the fastest time of all on Wednesday even though this is their first test of the winter

Toro Rosso team mechanic

Looking like an extra from Star Wars, a Toro Rosso team mechanic waits in the pit lane during the penultimate day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya

Sebastian Vettel

Much is expected in 2009 of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, the 21-year-old who brilliantly won the Italian GP at Monza last season for Toro Rosso

Ferrari's Felipe Massa

After team-mate Kimi Raikkonen dominated day two, Ferrari's Felipe Massa - the man who finished just a point behind Lewis Hamilton in the 2008 driver's championship - prepares for his own test laps

Ferrari's Felipe Massa

The Ferrari is second fastest behind Button - just ahead of Robert Kubica's BMW, followed by Timo Glock's Toyota and Fernando Alonso's Renault

Mark Webber

Day two: Red Bull-Renault's Mark Webber is one of the first on the track on the second day of the four-day test sessions as the sun comes out near Barcelona

Rubens Barrichello

Follwing the impressive day one exploits of Jenson Button, Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello is pushed back into his team's garage during his period of test laps

Renault's Fernando Alonso

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, the most successful current driver in F1, puts his new Renault through its paces

Sebastien Buemi

Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi completed only six laps in the afternoon, meaning the team managed just 20 laps overall for the whole session

Sebastien Buemi and Sebastien Bourdais

Day one: 20-year-old rookie Buemi and teammate Sebastien Bourdais (right) represent one of the most inexperienced pairings in F1 as all 10 teams gather in Spain to test their new cars

Sebastien Buemi and Sebastien Bourdais

They peel the covers back to unveil their new STR4 car, a joint venture between Red Bull Technology and Toro Rosso fitted with a Ferrari V8 engine

Sebastien Buemi and Sebastien Bourdais

Bourdais, who endured a tough 2008 season, is the first to drive the SGR4 car over the course of Monday and Tuesday

Jenson Button

Brawn GP's Jenson Button is all smiles at the testing circuit in Spain only 20 days before the 2009 season starts in Melbourne on 29 March

Jenson Button in his Brawn GP car for 2009

And he goes well, recording an unofficial time of 1:22.414 in the Brawn car - promising given his fastest lap for Honda in last year's Spanish Grand Prix was 1:22.353

Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello

Button informs veteran Brazilian team-mate Rubens Barrichello of his initial thoughts on the car, which has a Mercedes V8 engine

Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari at the Barcelona test

Although it is only testing, the Brawn's pace is impressive - just 0.2secs slower than Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari, which is second fastest overall behind Nick Heidfeld's BMW on the first day

Nick Heidfeld in his BMW Sauber

And Heidfeld believes the German Formula One team can be a serious contender for the 2009 world title following the raft of new F1 regulations

Heikki Kovalainen's McLaren at the Barcelona F1 tests

McLaren do little to counter rumours they are struggling a little with their car when Lewis Hamilton's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen is slowest of all - 1.8secs adrift of the Brawn

Nelson Piquet in his Renault

Renault's Nelson Piquet, driving in a car with perhaps the loudest livery of all, recorded the fifth best time of the day - 1:21.662



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see also
Button pleased with early testing
10 Mar 09 |  Formula 1
Toro Rosso last to unveil new car
09 Mar 09 |  Formula 1
McLaren face hard work - Hamilton
04 Mar 09 |  Formula 1
De la Rosa unhappy with test ban
02 Mar 09 |  Formula 1
Vettel goes fastest in Spain test
01 Mar 09 |  Formula 1
Hamilton faces tight test regime
22 Jan 09 |  Formula 1
F1 teams face testing times
21 Jan 09 |  Formula 1
New rules prompt Ferrari concern
20 Jan 09 |  Formula 1


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