Today the BMW Sauber F1 Team carried out testing with two F1.08B interim cars featuring a modified 2008 chassis with some of the bodywork complying to the 2009 regulations. In addition, Christian Klien’s car was fitted with BMW’s own KERS device.
During the first of three test days in Barcelona the team’s main goal was to collect data in preparation for the 2009 season. Both drivers tried different mechanical and aerodynamic solutions as well as sampling first impressions of the 2009 slick tyres. “We are gaining more and more experience with the KERS system,” commented Klien, “but we still have a lot of work to do to fine-tune the system.”
What comes next:
The BMW Sauber F1 Team will continue testing in Barcelona for two more days. Tomorrow Robert Kubica will again be at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.08B, along with Nick Heidfeld. On Wednesday Nick Heidfeld and Christian Klien will be on duty.
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.08B-03 / BMW 86/9
Test kilometres today: 261 km (56 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:22.341 min
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.08B-06 / BMW 86/9 with KERS
Test kilometres today: 243 km (52 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:22.883 min