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Kazuki Nakajima in 2009 spec Williams at Jerez

The final testing day of 2008 took place on Wednesday at both Jerez and the new Algarve circuit, with all the teams in action developing or starting to develop their 2009 car in preparation for the first car launches next month.

At Jerez, Sebastian Vettel finally beat Sebastien Buemi to the fastest time for Red Bull, Buemi having sat at the top of the time sheets for 5 days. The German’s 1:16.617 lap was easily the fastest of the entire test, and beat Buemi’s time by 3 tenths of a second. Robert Kubica and Christian Klien continued their testing of the 2009 BMW and it’s KERS. Kubica’s best lap was marginally faster than Klien’s, who completed just 38 laps. Kazuki Nakajima had the most to do in his 2009 Williams spec car, three tenths of the pace of the BMWs.

Pedro de la Rosa continued at the top of the Algarve time sheets with a best lap of 1:28.993. Luca Badoer continued his duties for Ferrari as the only other man out on track. He finished the day over 1 second behind de la Rosa’s McLaren.

Formula 1 testing will now return in January at many different locations, as the teams begin to send their 2009 cars out for their first runs.

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Luca Badoer in F2008 at Algarve

Testing continued at both Jerez and the new Algarve circuit into Tuesday, with Red Bull and McLaren remaining on top as times improved from Monday.

Sebastien Buemi was once again on top in an RB4, setting a best lap of 1:17.029 during his extended running, after stepping in for the injured Mark Webber. He was joined by Sebastian Vettel, who had to settle for second behind the Red Bull tester by just under 0.3 seconds. Nick Heidfeld was a full 2 seconds further behind in his BMW fitted with slick tyres, whilst Robert Kubica drove to fourth with KERS. Kazuki Nakajima closed the gap to the BMWs, now three tenths behind.

McLaren and Ferrari continued their running at the Algarve circuit, with Pedro de la Rosa taking over from Gary Paffett. The Spaniard topped the time sheets in the cold conditions, with a 1:30.080, ahead of Ferrari testers Luca Badoer and Mark Gene.

Wednesday sees the final day of 2008 testing at both Jerez and the Algarve.

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Nick Heidfeld and Sebastien Buemi at Jerez

The final test session of 2008 got underway today, with teams split between the location of the last test, the Jerez ciruit in Spain and the Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. The Algarve circuit, which was completed in October, held it’s first ever F1 test day.

Only McLaren and Ferrari were in action at the new circuit, with Honda scheduled to join them before being forced to pull out due to it’s ongoing search for a buyer. The 2008 championship rivals experience limited running, with strong winds all day. Gary Paffett was out for McLaren and testing the 2009 front wing, while Felipe Massa could only complete 36 laps and was feeling ill. Paffett’s final time was a 1:31.788, 1.1 seconds faster than Massa’s.

Meanwhile in Jerez, Red Bull, BMW and Williams were all in action. Sebastien Buemi was now in a Red Bull RB4, but was still topping the time sheets. His lap of 1:17.704 was over 1.6 seconds faster than Brendon Hartley, who was also out for the Austrian team. Nick Heidfeld was once again out in a 2009 spec BMW, setting the second fastest time of 1:19.223. Christian Klien was 4 tenths behind in a KERS fitted BMW. Nico Hulkenburg completed the most laps for Williams, and rounded up the times in fifth place.

Testing continues at both circuits into tomorrow.

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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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Italian Grand Prix winner, Sebastian Vettel, has set the fastest time on the third day of the Jerez test, while driving for his 2009 team, Red Bull Racing. He stopped BMW, now in the hands of Nick Heidfeld, staying at the top by just 0.1 seconds after setting a best lap of 1:18.001.

Lucas di Grassi continued with Renualt, on a day that saw frequent showers, and finished in third ahead of Pedro de la Rosa in a McLaren. Alex Wurz also continued with Honda, improving his pace to finish fifth ahead of Takuma Sato who was testing for Toro Rosso in the hope of a race seat next year, after his team, Super Aguri, withdrew before the Turkish Grand Prix. His day was made harder by the weather and his best lap was 1:19.574. Kamui Kobayashi was still out for Toyota and put Kazuki Nakajima and Williams at the bottom.

Testing at Jerez continues into Friday.

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