Bahrain GP: BMW Sauber Friday practice notes

It was a positive Friday for the BMW Sauber F1 Team in Bahrain with Robert Kubica setting third fastest time and Nick Heidfeld seventh. The team worked hard to find the best set-up for the very dirty track, and they now have a good base to work on...

It was a positive Friday for the BMW Sauber F1 Team in Bahrain with Robert Kubica setting third fastest time and Nick Heidfeld seventh. The team worked hard to find the best set-up for the very dirty track, and they now have a good base to work on for the remainder of the weekend.

Robert Kubica:

"The second session was better, but we still have balance problems. We used the spare car for the second practice because this morning I faced the same problems as in Malaysia. This one is more consistent and so now we have to analyse why this happens. We changed the set-up a bit because the car's handling is still not perfect, but things are not looking bad."

"The track was very dirty, especially in the morning session. When we tested here before Australia we did thirty ones and now we are doing thirty threes, but of course there is some time coming as the rubber goes down as long as there is no rain. If it rains again it will be the same story, and if the wind comes there will be sand on the track and that can change the conditions quite a lot."

Nick Heidfeld:

"For me everything was troublefree today, although to begin with the car's balance was not exactly how it was during the test here six weeks ago. We had to look into why we have oversteer, but we worked on that. I am quite happy. Also our long runs have been okay."

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):

"I am satisfied, especially with the results of second free practice. We have completed the scheduled programme with both cars without any problems. We have done some preparation work for the race, so in tomorrow's free practice we can concentrate on qualifying."

"We put Robert into the t-car for the second session after he had tried several set-up changes. This car felt better, so now we have to analyse what the differences are between the two cars."

Robert Kubica
Chassis/engine: BMW Sauber F1.07-04/BMW P86/7(am)/F1.07-03(pm)
1st Practice: 7th, 1:35.248 min
2nd Practice: 3rd, 1:33.732 min

Nick Heidfeld
Chassis/engine: BMW Sauber F1.07-05/BMW P86/7
1st Practice: 6th, 1:35.076 min
2nd Practice: 7th, 1:34.076 min

-credit: bmw sauber

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Robert Kubica
Teams Sauber