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#351 ybee02

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 21:07

Drivers who have took part in 2007-2008 Test Sessions

Ferrari: L. Badoer, M. Gene, M. Schumacher
BMW: C. Klien, M. Asmer
Renault: R. Grosjean, L. Di Grassi, S. Yamamoto?, A. Parente?
Williams: N. Hulkenberg, B. Garcia?,
Red Bull: S. Buemi, K. Chandhok,
Toyota: K. Kobayashi
Toro Rosso:
Honda: A. Wurz, M. Conway, L. Filippi, A. Zuber, T. Krogure
Super Aguri: J. Rossiter,
Force India: V. Liuzzi, R. Schumacher, R. Rodriguez, G. Van Der Garde, F. Vervisch
McLaren: P. De La Rosa, G. Paffett

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#352 Kiirava

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 21:04

Originally posted by Kojima_KE007
Some pictures from Keke Rosberg's first ever F1 test with Kojima Engineering at Fuji Speedway which took place in late December 1977.

Keke Rosberg's first F1 test with Kojima Engineering


It is over 4 years since Kojima_KE007 wrote this. The above link to btinternet does not exist anymore and my efforts to access his home page are unsuccesful. I would be very interested to get the pics from Kekes test with the KE009. Does anyone know where i could get hold of them?

#353 bigears

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 17:31

It was announced in mid March that John Watson would test the Moneytron Onyx ORE-1 in 1989.

Paul Warwick shook down the Arrows A11 on Saturday 18th March as he was meant to run the car up and down the Club Straight at Silverstone but a small delay put back the programme into the weekend and went to RAF Abingdon instead.

It was his first taste of F1 power.

#354 COUGAR508

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 19:06

I recall the Wattie/Onyx story. I presume that the Mike Earle connection helped. Did the test actually take place, I wonder?

#355 D-a-S

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 00:06

Originally posted by ybee02
Drivers who have took part in 2007-2008 Test Sessions

Honda: A. Wurz, M. Conway, L. Filippi, A. Zuber, T. Krogure
Force India: V. Liuzzi, R. Schumacher, R. Rodriguez, G. Van Der Garde, F. Vervisch


Vervisch was rewarded with a test for Force India for winning the Asian F3 back in March of this year, but (still) didn't get his taste of F1 power, and who is Krogure?

#356 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 06:02

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#357 D-a-S

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 17:21

Yesterdag I found a few pictures of the so-called "secret" shakedown at the end of March of the new Toro Rosso prior to the car's proper run a week later, with Brendon Hartley at the wheel. They're quite nice even so :)

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#358 GitarreroNils

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 21:20

Reinhold Joest tested the "brand new" ATS-Penske before Stuck tested it according to a 1977 issue of "Motorsport Aktuell - Powerslide".

Later in the season Klaus Ludwig tested a second ATS to drive in the German GP, but Hans Heyer got the gig!!

#359 Rianov

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 00:51

Hi Guys, :wave:

I'm new here, I live in Brazil and I love that F1 of the pass. I like collecting pictures of tests too.

Sorry for my bad English :blush:

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1) 1:29.34 Patrick TAMBAY FRA Renault RE50
2) 1:30.28 Nigel MANSELL ING Lotus 95T-Renault
3) 1:30.40 Keke ROSBERG FIN Williams FW-09-Honda
4) 1:30.65 Elio DE ANGELIS ITA Lotus 95T-Renault
5) 1:30.72 Michele ALBORETO ITA Ferrari 126 C3
6) 1:30.97 Derek WARWICK ING Renault RE50
7) 1:31.74 Riccardo PATRESE ITA Alfa Romeo 183T
8) 1:31.84 Eddie CHEEVER EUA Alfa Romeo 183T
9) 1:32.15 Manfred WINKELHOCK ALE ATS D6-BMW
10) 1:33.43 Ayrton SENNA BRA Toleman TG 183B-Hart
11) 1:33.84 Alain PROST FRA McLaren MP4/1E-TAG Porsche
12) 1:34.61 Niki LAUDA AUT McLaren MP4/1E-TAG Porsche
13) 1:35.21 Danny SULLIVAN EUA Tyrrell 012-Ford
14) 1:35.59 René ARNOUX FRA Ferrari 126 C3
15) 1:35.69 Andrea DE CESARIS ITA Ligier JS23-Renault
16) 1:36.03 Martin BRUNDLE ING Tyrrell 012-Ford
17) 1:37.20 Emerson FITTIPALDI BRA Spirit 101-Hart
18) 1:37.41 Jacques LAFFITE FRA Williams FW 09-Honda
19) 1:37.76 Johnny CECOTTO VEN Toleman TG 183B-Hart
20) 1:39.03 François HESNAULT FRA Ligier JS23-Renault
21) 1:40.25 Fulvio BALLABIO ITA Spirit 101-Hart
22) 1:42.73 Roberto MORENO BRA Lotus 94T-Renault

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#360 Rianov

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 23:14

1994 Michael Schumacher Ligier JS39B Estoril
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#361 Milan Fistonic

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 08:22

Pedro Chaves test drove the Coloni F1 car at Estoril in September 1990. On old tyres he set a time of 1m 23.9s which was some 3 seconds slower than Bertrand Gachot's best on qualifiers at the Portuguese GP.

Apparently Giovanni Bonanno had tested the car at Vallelunga some time earlier.

#362 COUGAR508

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Posted 30 October 2008 - 20:17

Originally posted by GitarreroNils
Reinhold Joest tested the "brand new" ATS-Penske before Stuck tested it according to a 1977 issue of "Motorsport Aktuell - Powerslide".

Later in the season Klaus Ludwig tested a second ATS to drive in the German GP, but Hans Heyer got the gig!!


Would that have been the only time that Klaus Ludwig tested an F1 car, I wonder?

#363 Kiirava

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 22:12

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Rianov
[b]1994 Michael Schumacher Ligier JS39B Estoril
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There is a persistent rumour that Schumis team mate in Benetton 1994, JJ Lehto, also tested a Ligier JS39B. This should have taken place shortly after the Portuguese GP when Lehto was released by Benetton.
The drive for the rest of the season at Ligier went to Herbert and Lehto found a seat at Sauber for the Japanese and Australian GP's.
Any comments?

#364 Kiirava

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 21:18

Thanks Irvine 99. Close but not really there, yet. Perhaps some of the Old Hands at this forum could suggest a really good F1 News Archive site stretching all the way back to 1994! GrandPrix.com is pretty detailed with gossip but the problem is that it goes back only to Dec. 1995......Again, close but not really there.

#365 GitarreroNils

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Posted 10 November 2008 - 16:37

Originally posted by Kiirava
Thanks Irvine 99. Close but not really there, yet. Perhaps some of the Old Hands at this forum could suggest a really good F1 News Archive site stretching all the way back to 1994! GrandPrix.com is pretty detailed with gossip but the problem is that it goes back only to Dec. 1995......Again, close but not really there.


I've acquired the complete volume of Motorsport Aktuell 1994!! I will let you know, if I find something about it!!

Two Additions:

According to Motorsport aktuell issue 39, TOSHIO SUZUKI tested an Williams-Honda in 1987. Certainly because of the Honda engines!!

Also PAUL STEWART tested the Footworks of Warwick and Suzuki before Monza, because David Brabham was about to get married!

#366 Rianov

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 11:06

1988 Joachim Winkelhock Hockenheimring Zakspeed 881 Test
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#367 COUGAR508

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 13:32

Originally posted by Rianov
1988 Joachim Winkelhock Hockenheimring Zakspeed 881 Test
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Great pictures!

What was the story behind this test? Was it a reward for winning the German F3 title, or were Zakspeed just looking at potential drivers for 1989?

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 16:36

Cameron McConville (Australian journalist)
Honda RA108
Motegi 26-11-2008

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#369 unofficialf3000

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 21:09

Originally posted by irvine99


Can't really prove it, but here is Lehto with Frank Dernie...

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I posted that scan at another board, and though the picture proves nothing, the accompanying article did definitely state that Lehto tested the Ligier JS39B. It was headlined "Lehto quick in first Ligier test" (Autosport 21/7/94).

He did 65 laps at Paul Ricard (Friday 15th July 1994) and said he set a time of about 1m11.8s, 0.6s faster than Olivier Panis had managed over the previous two days.

According to the report "a Benetton mechanic let slip that he expected Lehto to be 'driving for the B-team' [Ligier] soon", in place of Eric Bernard, who was not at the test.

#370 lil'chris

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 00:07

Originally posted by GitarreroNils


Also PAUL STEWART tested the Footworks of Warwick and Suzuki before Monza, because David Brabham was about to get married!


Brabs was getting married to Lisa Thackwell ( sister of Mike ) who has posted on this forum in the past

#371 mpep82

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Posted 05 December 2008 - 14:32

BMW Sauber
Philipp Eng
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexico)
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 21:27

There is a rare test that I think nobody talked about before, Diogo Castro Santos, the Portuguese former German F3 driver who tested in Estoril the Sasol Jordan EJR 192 Yamaha

I have photo of this test

1992 Diogo Castro Santos Jordan EJR 192 Yamaha Estoril

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#373 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 21:57

I have hundreds of photos of the tests mentioned in this topic, even the rare one's, photos are from my scans of my magazines, books, newspapers, etc. and some from internet

#374 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 22:02

another test that was mentioned in this topic without photo was Pedro Lamy (Tyrrell) 1995 Estoril

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#375 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 22:03

also tested for Arrows and Sauber

Here's Pedro Lamy (Arrows FA16 Hart) 1995 photo

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#376 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 22:05

another rare photo test

Kelvin Burt (Arrows FA17) 1996 Silverstone

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#377 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 22:06

what about this one

Hector Rebaque (Brabham BT55 BMW) 1986 Mexico

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#378 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 22:07

or this one

Andy Wallace (Benetton B186 BMW) 1986

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#379 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 22:38

Oliver Gavin (Pacific PR01) 1994

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Elio de Angelis (Brabham BT 54 BMW) 1985

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#380 rpereira

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 22:40

Damon Hill (Benetton B187 Ford) 1988

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#381 rpereira

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David Coulthard (Benetton B192 Ford) 1992

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#382 rpereira

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Ivan Capelli (Brabham BT52 BMW) 1983



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Juan Manuel Fangio II (Osella Ford) 1986

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#384 rpereira

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Jean-Louis Schlesser (Sauber Ilmor) 1993

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James Hunt (Williams FW12 Renault) 1990

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Didier Pironi (Ligier Renault) 1986

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Giovanni Bonnano (Benetton B192 Ford) 1992

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Roberto Ravaglia (Benetton B187 Ford) 1987

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Martin Donnely (Benetton B187 Ford) 1987

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Johnny Dumfries (Benetton B188) 1988

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Hannu Mikola (Arrows BMW) 1984

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David Coulthard (McLaren MP4/5B Honda) 1990

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Perry McCarthy (Benetton B192 Ford) 1992

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Vicenzo Sospiri (Benetton B196 Renault) 1996

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Bruno Giacomelli Ferrari 312 T4 1983 Varano

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Fabrizio Tabaton (Osella) 1983 Monza

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Piercarlo Ghinzani (Osella) 1983 Monza

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David Brabham (Footwork) 1993

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Alex Wurz (Benetton B196 Renault) 1996

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Michael Andretti (McLaren MP4/5B Honda) 1991

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Eddie Irvine (Onyx-Cosworth ORE-1) 1989 Paul Ricard

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