Programme: After some rain in the early morning the track dried out quickly but had lost some of its rubber and grip developed during the first two days of testing. After 35 laps on used tyres at 12:00 hrs an oil leak caused a fire on Nick Heidfeld's car. Although he had parked the car nearby some marshals it took them a long time to extinguish the fire which caused a lot of damage.
After almost four hours of repair work, the car was ready to run again but the skies opened for a downpour which lasted almost until the end of the session. Like several other teams, the BMW Sauber F1 Team has decided to extend the Sepang test for one more day. Nick will continue to drive tomorrow. The weather forecast looks encouraging.
What else before the Malaysian Grand Prix: The BMW Sauber F1 Team has an eventful week ahead of it leading up to the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. On Saturday and Sunday (31st March/1st April) the team will visit the city of Malacca.
On Saturday the F1 drivers and team management will come together in the historic old town. Sunday will see demo runs on the Malacca trade fair site featuring, among others, Nick and Robert in the BMW Sauber F1.07.
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.07-05 / BMW P86/7 V8
Test kilometres today: 194 km (35 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:38.551 min
-credit: bmw sauber