BMW happy with F1.09 after Valencia test

BMW Sauber concluded their Valencia test on Saturday and are reported to be happy with the development of their latest car, the F1.09. The Hinwil-based team faced high winds at the Spanish circuit but completed nearly 400 laps in the new machine, as well as running their KERS successfully.

Managing director Walter Riedl told the official F1 website that he was impressed by the car and that as a team they were happy with developments and reliability so far.

“The new BMW Sauber F1.09 was running without any noteworthy problems, which meant we were able to carry out a comprehensive test programme on each day,” he said.

“At first it was a matter of testing the individual systems, after which we focused on set-up work.

“We have already used the 2009 version of the V8 engine with its rev limit of 18,000 rpm, as well as employing KERS. Overall we are very happy with the testing, particularly with regard to the high reliability of the new car.

The new car is yet to be tested against its competition, but the team are to attend the Bahrain test in mid-February with Ferrari and Toyota.