Test in Jerez
March 1st - 5th 2009 / Day one - Sunday
- Weather conditions: Overcast all day, light rain in the afternoon.
- Temperature: Air: 15 – 18 °C, Track: 14 – 19 °C
- Number of drivers participating: 8 from 8 teams
- Fastest lap overall: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 1:19.055 min
- Circuit length: 4.428 km
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-03 / BMW 86/9
Test kilometres today: 209 (47 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:21.292 min
Programme: For the BMW Sauber F1 Team the main focus of today’s programme was to test the 2010 specification tyres. The goal was to give the Bridgestone engineers feedback on next year’s compounds. Robert Kubica was at the wheel for the first of five days of testing in Jerez. In the morning the team decided to make a precautionary engine change after sensors indicated there was a problem. It then began to drizzle just as Kubica resumed testing. As several parts of the track were wet, the team switched from tyre testing to race start simulations.
“Unfortunately I couldn’t drive as many laps as planned. In the afternoon the session was interrupted by five red flags and the changing weather”, Robert Kubica said after completing 47 laps. “Because of this I expect a very busy day tomorrow.”
What comes next:
The BMW Sauber F1 Team will be testing in Jerez until Thursday. Tomorrow and on Tuesday Robert Kubica will be on duty, while for the last two days Nick Heidfeld will take over the BMW Sauber F1.09.
For further information please visit the media website www.press.bmw-motorsport.com (press releases, press kits, images, TV footage) and the official team website www.bmw-sauber-f1.com (car, season, Race Club, team updates).