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BMW Sauber pleased with first F1.08 test runs

BMW Sauber on Friday concluded its private test at the Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, in sunshine and 70-degree temperatures as drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica toured the 4.005-kilometer...

BMW Sauber on Friday concluded its private test at the Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, in sunshine and 70-degree temperatures as drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica toured the 4.005-kilometer (2.488-mile) course for 133 laps.

Heidfeld covered 91 laps at the wheel of the team' new F1.08, and Kubica drove an F1.07 updated for 2008 regulations through 42 laps. A mechanical problem that affected power steering interrupted the morning session but technical director Wily Rampf said useful data were collected anyway.

"Apart from this morning we had no noteworthy reliability problems during the four days," Rampf said. "We were able to complete many laps with the new car and managed to collect a lot of valuable data. We have a baseline for determining the program for next week's test. We are only just starting out and have a fair amount of work to do to find the ideal settings for the new car."

BMW Sauber are schedule to return next week to Ricardo Tormo to test from Tuesday to Thursday.

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