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Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull RB4 at Barcelona

The first winter test in the build up to the 2009 season came to an end on Wednesday, with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull remaining on top of the time sheets. His best lap, a 1:19.295, was half a second fastest than the Toro Rosso’s, which once again sat among the fastest times of the day in the battle for race seats.

Takuma Sato did not take part in the third day of the STR battle, which saw Sebastien Bourdais lap three tenths faster than Sebastien Buemi. McLaren tester, Gary Paffett, was fourth fastest with KERS on board ahead of Honda’s Jenson Button. Christian Klien and Nick Heidfeld were evenly matched in the 2009 concept BMW’s, with Klien just coming out on top when the day drew to a close. Bruno Senna was back behind the wheel of a Honda and finished eighth fastest in only his second day in F1 car. Nelson Piquet Jr was out for Renault and lapped faster than Nico Hulkenburg’s Williams and Luca Badoer’s Ferrari. Force India were also out, with Giancarlo Fisichella one tenth of a second faster Pedro de la Rosa, who completed his second day of testing duties for the Indian outfit after 88 laps of running.

It was only a three day test, but we’ve seen glimpses as to what we can expect next season. Radical new cars as part of the 2009 technical regulations and talent, both new and old, in evaluation for race seats next year. Winter testing continues at Jerez on December 9th.

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The second day of the Barcelona test concluded on Tuesday with Sebastian Vettel breaking into the 1:19s and setting the fastest time. He was the only man out for his new team, Red Bull, and led both Toro Rosso’s which sat in second, third and fourth.

It was the battle for race seats that fueled the Toro Rosso’s to the front of the time sheets for the second day in a row. Once again, Takuma Sato led that charge by the smallest of margins, 0.021 seconds, from the best lap of the Italian team’s second driver, Sebastien Bourdais. The other hopeful, Sebastien Buemi, was a further 0.2 seconds adrift. Gary Paffett was out for McLaren and fifth fastest ahead of Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button in his return to the wheel of a Honda, and he was joined by Renault test driver, Lucas di Grassi. The Brazilian was half a second slower than Button in his evaluation for a race seat. Once again Luca Badoer and Mark Gene were out for Ferrari and Giedo van de Garde for Renault, while McLaren third driver, Pedro de la Rosa, was in a Force India as part of the Force India-Mercedes deal.

The first multi-team winter test at the Circuit de Catalunya concludes on Wednesday.

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Takuma Sato in STR3 at Barcelona

The first test since the conclusion of the 2008 season got underway on Monday, with all but one team present. It was Toyota that sat out whilst the rest of the pack started their preparations for the 2009 season, by testing new regulations and evaluating new drivers at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona

Toro Rosso’s fight for race seats was brought to the front of the time sheets and Takuma Sato set the fastest time of the day, a 1:20.763, three tenths faster than Sebastien Buemi in the sister STR. The Italian team will continue their driver evaluation into tomorrow, where Sebastien Bourdais will join the battle. Alex Wurz was in a modified RA108, and set the third fastest time for Honda ahead of the McLaren test drivers, Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett. Robert Kubica and Christian Klien set the sixth and ninth fastest time in a radical concept BMW F1.09 car. Five-time rally champion, Sebastien Loeb, took the to wheel of the Red Bull RB3, and finished seventh fastest. Test drivers Luca Badoer and Mark Gene were out for Ferrari and tried out their KERS and former test driver for Spyker, Giedo van de Garde, was driving for Renault. Bruno Senna finally made his first appearance in an F1 car, sharing the Honda RA1O8 with fellow Brazilian and Renault test driver, Lucas di Grassi.

Testing continues into Tuesday at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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