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Lewis Hamilton tests the McLaren MP4-25 on day 3 in Jerez

After the first 2 days of testing, which saw Jenson Button at the wheel of his MP4-25, day 3 in Jerez saw of 2008 Champion Lewis Hamilton out on the track. First the times (courtesy of Formula1.com), then the explanation.

1. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, 1:19.919, 76 Laps
2. Pedro de la Rosa, BMW Sauber, 1:20.736, 58 Laps
3. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:21.428, 48 Laps
4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:21.603, 72 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:21.783, 59 Laps
6. Vitaly Petrov, Renault, 1:22.000, 68 Laps
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes GP, 1:22.820, 53 Laps
8. Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 1:23.217, 120 Laps
9. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:23.985, 68 Laps
10. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin, 1:37.107, 8 Laps

Now, before you panic and think it’s all going pear shaped like this time last year, there is a reason for the slow time, in comparison to the other drivers:

With wet weather forecast to hit the circuit today, the test team had specifically devised a run programme to make best use of the day. The only dry running of the day took place in the morning, which the team used to undertake a number of aero mapping runs. Conducted at lower speeds, the only dry times of the day were therefore not representative of the team’s overall pace. As the rain started falling, focus shifted towards evaluating Bridgestone’s wet and intermediate compounds.

You can read the rest of the report from McLaren over at McLaren.com. So, not quite the disaster it looked like at first glance. As you can see from the following photo, it got pretty wet out on the track yesterday:

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The next photo, taken during the small window of dry weather, shows Lewis Hamilton being followed by Felipe Massa – get used to that Felipe ;o)

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Interesting to see the sponsorship of Santander on the Ferrari with the addition of white to the traditionally all red livery. Lewis is out in Jerez testing again today, let’s hope the weather is better than yesterday so he can a good few laps of dry running completed.

On a side note, Hamilton’s McLaren team mate of 2008 and 2009, Heikki Kovalianen, was at the launch of his new car as part of the Lotus Racing team. Here he he is with the brand new Lotus T127, with team mate Jarno Trulli, at yesterday’s launch in London:

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Best of luck at the new team Heikki, hope it goes well – though not too well!


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FIA Hearing Result: McLaren given 3 race suspended ban

There are more details to follow, but @f1scoop lived up to its name by being the first on Twitter to announce that McLaren’s punishment is a 3 race suspended ban. After clarification from @F1_Girl, I understand this to mean that the ban is looming, and can be handed to McLaren by the FIA the next time they mess up.

I’m relieved that there is no ban in place now and have to hope that McLaren can stay squeaky clean for the rest of the season. I would assume that the ban is valid for the rest of the season only, and will not roll over to the 2010 season.

When the details are revealed I’ll also be interested to see if the ban applies to both Hamilton and Kovalainen, or just Hamilton as he was the only driver involved in the incident.

UPDATE: Here is the press release from the FIA / WMSC Statement:

At an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council held in Paris on 29 April 2009, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes admitted five charges of breaching article 151c of the International Sporting Code relating to events at the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix.

The following decision was taken:

“Having regard to the open and honest way in which McLaren Team Principal, Mr Martin Whitmarsh, addressed the WMSC and the change in culture which he made clear has taken place in his organisation, the WMSC decided to suspend the application of the penalty it deems appropriate.

“That penalty is a suspension of the team from three races of the FIA Formula One World Championship. This will only be applied if further facts emerge regarding the case or if, in the next 12 months, there is a further breach by the team of article 151c of the International Sporting Code.”

The full reasons for this decision will be issued shortly.

It would seem that the suspension will be for the whole team if it gets applied, which is especially harsh for Kovalainen who was not directly involved.

The ban will come into effect if there is any further breach of article 151c by McLaren. The aforementioned article states: This article covers “any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally”.

The ban could also come in at any time in the next 12 months if McLaren are found in breach of article 151c, so that will include the first 4 races of the 2010 races as well as the remainder of the 2009 season.

I’m sure there are some that will say McLaren have been let off lightly – I’m just happy that Hamilton and Kovalainen will be able to continue racing and will keep the points they have won so far.

Let us now go forward, put this to the back of our memories and concentrate on a very exciting Formula 1 season.

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McLaren: Year on Year Comaprison – Race 4

With the Bahrain Grand Prix having taken place this past weekend, it’s time to compare progress this year, against the same point in the F1 season 2008.

2008 2009
LH HK McLaren LH HK McLaren
TOTAL 20 14 34 TOTAL 9 4 13
Australian 10 4 14 Australian 0 0 0
Malaysian 4 6 10 Malaysian 1 0 1
Bahrain 0 4 4 Chinese 3 4 7
Spanish 6 0 6 Bahrain 5 0 5

The table above shows how many points were gained from each race, by each driver, and also the total points scored to date by each driver and the total for McLaren as a team.

After 4 races in 2008, Hamilton was in 2nd place with 20 points in the Drivers’ Championship and Kovalainen was in 6th place on 14 points. After 4 races in 2009, Hamilton is in 7th place with 9 points, and Kovalainen is in 10th place with 4 points. Interestingly, in 2008, Hamilton was 2nd to Raikkonen who had a lead of 9 points, with 29 points. This season Raikkonen is back in 12th place after picking up his only points of 2009 so far in Bahrain, coming in 6th and picking up 3 points. Also in 2008, Ferrari team mate Massa was 4th with 18 points and is yet to score a point in 2009.

In the Constructors’ Championship, after 4 races in 2008, McLaren Mercedes had amassed 34 points and were in 3rd place. In 2009 they have 13 points, and are sitting in 4th place, 37 points behind 1st place Brawn GP. In 2008 Ferrari were in 1st place with 47 points, but this season have only the 3 points that Raikkonen got in Bahrain and are only ahead of Force India who are yet to score a point.

Today is the day that McLaren, represented only by Martin Whitmarsh, face the FIA and face possible further punishment for the incident between Hamilton and Trulli at the Australian Grand Prix in the first race of the season. There have been rumours ranging from £10 million fines to 2 race bans or 30 point deductions. While none are an ideal option, as a race fan I hope the fine is the one that comes to fruition, if any. That way Hamilton and Kovalainen can still race and keep the points they have fought hard for.

With the Spanish Grand Prix in 11 days I’m hoping both drivers will be racing and that McLaren can continue their improving form, the 2009 season is only just getting going, there is still time for McLaren to make an impact.

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Hamilton takes 4th place & 5 points in Bahrain Grand Prix

We’ve had family up this weekend so for the first time in a while I wasn’t able to watch the Grand Prix live. That said, I have just finished watching it on delay and I was delighted to see Lewis Hamilton come in 4th, one place higher than his qualifying position of 5th.

Hamilton’s race started well as he went from 5th up to 3rd, but soon want back to 4th place as Button over took and went on to take the lead and win the race, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Jarno Trulli. Hamilton seemed to have the pace when up close and personal, and I think it’ll be just a few more races until he’s able to compete for the lead, Spain will be an interesting race for McLaren and a lot of the other teams.

Kovalainen didn’t have such a great race, finishing in 12th, one place lower than his qualifying place of 11th. It could have been worse, at one point he was almost at the back of the field. He doesn’t seem to be making the most of the improvements McLaren are making, or maybe his car hasn’t been fitted with the same new parts Hamilton’s has.

Hamilton now has 9 points and is in 7th place in the Drivers’ Championship, while Kovalainen is in 10th with 4 points. Hamilton trails Championship leader Jenson Button by 22 points. In the Constructors’ Championship McLaren Mercedes are in 4th with 13 points, 37 points behind leaders Brawn Mercedes.

The next race is on 10th May in Spain, a race where teams traditionally come fitted with new bits of kits and performance improvements, let’s hope McLaren have just that. Of course before that McLaren have their hearing with the FIA on April 29th to discuss what happened at the Australian Grand Prix and the incident between Hamilton and Trulli – as a fan of McLaren, Hamilton and racing in general, I really do hope it won’t result in any race bans.

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