In hot conditions the BMW Sauber Formula One Team was very busy in both 90-minutes free practice sessions for the Hungarian Grand Prix, in Budapest, evaluating the new front wing and working on the F1.09’s set-up.
BMW Sauber F1.09-06 / BMW P86/9
1st Free Practice: 12th, 1:23.154 min / 2nd Free Practice: 9th, 1:22.690 min
“We are making progress, although I’m not satisfied with the balance of the car yet. It is not just as I want it would be – neither on a single lap nor on a long run. You can feel the tyre compounds are now more similar to each other than they used to be, but I’m afraid the tyres are still not really good. Despite the traffic on the track, I was lucky this time and had quite a few clear laps.”
BMW Sauber F1.09-04 / BMW P86/9
1st Free Practice: 11th, 1:23.146 min / 2nd Free Practice: 14th, 1:22.870 min
“Today it was very hot. The car in the morning session felt good straightaway. In the first run especially I was quite happy. When there was more rubber on the track we tested some new parts and a modified front wing. In the afternoon I was not too happy with the car. We now have to compare the data from the two sessions and find the right balance.”
Willy Rampf, Head of Engineering: “We used some new parts today, which prior to this had only been tested in the wind tunnel. Therefore we put a lot of emphasis on working on the set-up of the car and finding a good baseline. I think we were able to make a small step forward. Compared to the last two races, the ambient temperatures are much higher here which makes the set-up work quite a bit easier. Both drivers also completed long-runs in the afternoon to gather some information on the tyres.”