BMW Sauber Paul Ricard test notes 2008-05-16

Weather conditions: Overcast and some rain in the morning. Heavy rain and in the afternoon and some sun just before the end of the session. Temperatures: Air: 15 - 16 C, Track: 15 - 18 C Number of drivers participating: 11 from 10 teams Fastest...

Weather conditions: Overcast and some rain in the morning. Heavy rain and in the afternoon and some sun just before the end of the session.
Temperatures: Air: 15 - 16 C, Track: 15 - 18 C

Number of drivers participating: 11 from 10 teams
Fastest lap overall: Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 1:31.360 min
Circuit length: 5.255 km

Nick Heidfeld
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.08-06 / BMW P86/8
Test kilometres today: 158 km (30 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:33.371 min

Programme:

After working for two days on the car's configuration for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix the BMW Sauber F1 Team today planned to work on the setup with regards to the Canadian Grand Prix. Using a long version of Circuit Paul Ricard driver Nick Heidfeld in the early morning had the chance to evaluate different solutions for a medium downforce configuration of the F1.08. When the rain set in the team also took the chance to test the car on a wet race setup and performed several system checks.

Minutes before the lunch break Heidfeld had a minor off. The car sustained some damage to the bodywork and to the left front and rear suspension. The mechanics had the car repaired and ready for the afternoon session. But due to heavy rain BMW Sauber F1 Team decided not to put the car on the track again.

Despite the bad weather of today the three day test in Le Castellet overall was a successful one for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Covering a total of 1,098 km the team had the chance to evaluate a number of new parts aimed to increase the performance of the F1.08 car in Monaco as well as in Canada.

What comes next:

The BMW Sauber F1 Team is now looking forward to the Monaco Grand Prix which will be run on May 25th on the streets of Monte Carlo.

-credit: bmw sauber

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Nick Heidfeld
Teams Sauber