Test in Barcelona
March 9th 12th 2009 / Day four ? Thursday
Temperature: Air: 8 - 19 °C, Track: 10 - 26 °C
Number of drivers participating: 11 from 10 teams
Fastest lap overall: Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP) 1:18.926 min
Circuit length: 4.655 km
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.09-04 / BMW 86/9
Test kilometres today: 624 (134 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:20.740 min
The last day of the BMW Sauber F1 Team's pre-season testing started with a delay of more than an hour due to heavy fog. When the sun had finally burnt through Robert Kubica did a race simulation that included start procedures and pit stops. After the lunch break Kubica continued to evaluate different solutions for the BMW Sauber F1.09's set-up in advance of the Australian Grand Prix. Today he covered 134 laps, bringing the car's total mileage for the four Barcelona test days to 2,162 kms.
Willy Rampf, BMW Sauber F1 Team Technical Coordinator, said: "Our final pre-season test was very productive. We worked on the mechanical set-up of the car as well as the aero configuration. In addition, we also improved our KERS. Our second goal was to prepare for the season's first Grand Prix in two weeks in Melbourne. We simulated a proper race day on Tuesday with Nick Heidfeld and today with Robert Kubica, each covering a complete race distance without any technical problems. That tells us a lot about the reliability of the BMW Sauber F1.09."
What comes next:
The fourth day on the Circuit de Catalunya concluded the BMW Sauber F1 Team's preseason testing. The team will continue its preparation at the home base before heading to Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, March 29th.
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).