Mechanical problem and precautionary engine change for Heidfeld

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Today the BMW Sauber F1 Team had two interim cars in Jerez for testing duties, with both are based on the 2008 chassis and featuring some 2009 regulations’ body work. In addition, Christian Klien’s car was fitted with BMW’s own KERS device. Klein and Nick Heidfeld evaluated different set-up options in preparation for the 2009 season.

“We also did some tyre testing to learn more about the potential of the new slick tyres”, said Heidfeld. Around lunch time Nick Heidfeld’s car stopped out on the track when the telemetry data indicated a mechanical problem. After a precautionary engine change he was able resume his testing programme.

Klien’s F108B ran without any noteworthy problems. Completing 94 laps, he tried different configurations of the KERS system.

What comes next:
The last test session of 2008 will continue in Jerez for two more days. Tomorrow Nick Heidfeld will again be at the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.08B, and will be joined by Robert Kubica. On Wednesday Robert Kubica and Christian Klien will be testing.

Nick Heidfeld
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.08B-06 / BMW 86/9
Test kilometres today: 333 km (75 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:19.360 min

Christian Klien
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.08B-03 / BMW 86/9 KERS
Test kilometres today: 417 km (94 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:19.655 min