Jerez de la Frontera, 5th March 2009 - The fifth and final day of testing was also affected by the weather, as it was cloudy, with occasional rain and strong gusts of wind. Air temperatures ranged from 15 to 20 Centigrade, while the track went from 14 to 23. Five other teams ran alongside Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - BMW, Toyota, McLaren, Williams and Red Bull. Quickest on the day was Nick Heidfeld for BMW, setting a time of 1.20.052 (123 laps) followed by Kimi (1.20.414, 112 laps) and Hamilton (1.21.272, 58 laps.) The team worked on engine and gearbox reliability, evaluated tyres and development of some aerodynamic components, as well as carrying out some practice pit stops, including refuelling.
"Today, we were able to compare various set-ups aimed at the tyres," commented Kimi after the test. "One of the novelties for this year, compared to last season is that I have a good feeling on the slick tyres. I think the teams all seem very closely matched and this makes me think that the coming season will be particularly close."
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro resumes testing again at the Barcelona circuit, from 9 to 12 March.