Daily: 10th March 2009

10 March, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

Day two of testing in Barcelona, and what a lot we have had to discuss so far. The first day, with all the teams in the same place, running their 2009 cars, was particularly interesting.

  • Toro Rosso became the last team to unveil their 2009 car with Buemi and Bourdais unveiling the STR4 at Barcelona. When it hit the track, there was something particularly high about the rear wing that bugged me, but then, don't they all? Still, it was good to see STR on the timesheets with the same season's car as everyone else.
  • Of course the talk of the first day was Button who headed to the top of the timesheets for a large portion of the session. He ended up fourth, but certainly garnered some headlines for the team. Mostly, it was just good to see them in action, it wouldn't have mattered if they had come last. I'm sure they're all glad they didn't though.
  • It happened to be McLaren who were last, though, and it seems to be a severe case of sandbagging. There's talk of lifting off on the straights, and running deliberately slowly. Whether that is the case or not, we already know that testing times are not to be relied upon. They are fun to speculate with though, so I wonder how fast McLaren really are?

That should do it for today. There'll be a whole heap more to discuss today as testing continues, assuming the weather holds in Spain. As usual, I will see you in the comments.

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