Weather: sunny and dry, 19-25C Air, 22-42C Track
Barcelona (ES). Working on the new aerodynamic package of the BMW Sauber F1.09 was the main focus for the BMW Sauber F1 Team during the first two practice sessions of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. The F1.09 has been modified in several areas. The front nose, the side pods and the rear wing are completely new, while the front wing, the engine cover and the diffuser have been modified. So it could concentrate totally on the work with the new aero package, the BMW Sauber F1 Team decided not to use KERS in Barcelona.
BMW Sauber F1.09-03 / BMW P86/9
1st Free Practice: 3rd, 1:22.221 min / 2nd Free Practice: 16th, 1:22.948 min
"Today was a special Friday because we have a lot of new aerodynamic parts on the car. We spent quite some time working on the set-up and tried different things. We now have to analyse the data so we can exploit the potential of the car to its maximum. In addition, as usual on the Friday, we compared the two tyre compounds, but it was very soon obvious the option specification gives better performance."
BMW Sauber F1.09-06 / BMW P86/9
1st Free Practice: 4th, 1:22.658 min / 2nd Free Practice: 17th, 1:23.173 min
"Unfortunately I lost some time this morning when we had a couple of problems during the first free practice session. Only at the end was I able to work properly on the programme. That was a shame because with such a new package and, for me, driving the car for the first time without the KERS, track time is especially important. Considering the small amount of mileage from the morning, we made quite good progress when preparing the car for the second session, and I think there is room for more improvement."
Willy Rampf (Head of Engineering):
"We have come to Barcelona with a comprehensive aerodynamic package. To find a basic set-up was today's main task. A first evaluation of the aero data shows we made a step forward. Now we are curious about the first real comparison in Saturday's qualifying to see where we really stand in relation to the competitors. Because of a brake problem Nick completed less laps in the morning than planned. As usual we concentrated on race preparation."
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