BMW Sauber Barcelona test notes 2008-11-18

Weather conditions: Overcast all day. Temperature: Air: 7 - 14 C, Track: 8 - 15 C Number of drivers participating: 16 from 9 teams Fastest lap overall: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 1:19.751 min Circuit length: 4.655 km Robert ...

Weather conditions: Overcast all day.
Temperature: Air: 7 - 14 C, Track: 8 - 15 C

Number of drivers participating: 16 from 9 teams
Fastest lap overall: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 1:19.751 min
Circuit length: 4.655 km

Robert Kubica
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.08B-03 / BMW 86/9
Test kilometres today: 354 km (76 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:21.521 min

Nick Heidfeld
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.08B-06 / BMW 86/9 KERS
Test kilometres today: 378 km (81 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:22.945 min

Programme:
Today the BMW Sauber F1 Team again concentrated on development work with the 2009 season in sight. Both test cars were interim cars based on the F1.08 with some aerodynamic components complying with the 2009 regulations. Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld completed 76 and 81 laps (354 and 378 kms) respectively, tyres and reliability being the main focus of today's work. "Of course we loose a lot of downforce compared to the 2008 car," Kubica explained the effect of the new rules governing aerodynamics. "But because we are back from grooved to slick tyres, we have substantially more grip in slow corners. So with some more development I don't think there will be too big a difference between the 2009 and 2008 cars."

What comes next:
Tomorrow Nick Heidfeld and Christian Klien will be on duty for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. More evaluation work with the F1.08B cars is scheduled.

-credit: bmw sauber

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Christian Klien , Robert Kubica , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Red Bull Racing , Sauber