The engines at the rear of the two BMW Sauber F1 Team cars will have to contest one race more in the coming season. The decision by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) means that the same engine must now be used for three race weekends in a row.
On the one hand, this change to the regulations is intended to reduce costs in Formula One. On the other hand, the FIA wants to challenge and promote technical reliability among the teams. The BMW Sauber F1 Team shone in this department in 2008, as Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica sailed through the season without a single withdrawal due to a technical fault.
The team from Munich and Hinwil is faced with the problem of integrating slicks into its race operation, whilst at the same time coping with the revisions to the engine regulations. Furthermore, the BMW Sauber F1 Team engineers must also grapple with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System KERS, which will make its debut in Formula One this coming season.Source BMW Sauber