Daily: 11th February 2009

11 February, 2009 at 00:01 (GMT)

By Christine Blachford

We're heading into the second day of testing now, and I think all the teams will be hoping for better weather - even those that escaped to the desert trying to avoid a lack of running. It's still quite annoying that we've got a 2008 car littered amongst the 2009 ones, but it's still fun trying to work out who's fast and who isn't. Yesterday we learnt:

  • Red Bull have pulled their car to a stop twice now as a precautionary measure because of gearbox issues. Whether they are the same thing, linked, or if it just happens to be a coincidence, I don't know. However, I do know that gearbox problems on a Red Bull sounds very familiar. Should we be worried?
  • Renault trailed around at the back of the field all day in Jerez, and only just managed to catch up to the times of the other 2009 cars towards the end. Do we think they are sandbagging, perhaps trying something out, or does it mean that their engine upgrade hasn't fixed the problems they were hoping it would?
  • Over in Bahrain, after the fog cleared, Glock led the way, but the three teams were scarily close together. I'm not used to testing timesheets looking like qualifying results. Is there something in the water, or perhaps the sand over there?

Elsewhere, we've got the continuing Character Cup, if you haven't voted yet, please do. Coming up later today, we've got the final heat of round 2, before we head into the semi-finals tomorrow. Vote for your favourites, and once you're done, I'll see you in the comments.

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