BMW vow to improve in Germany

kubicaBMW Sauber have vowed to turn their season around at their home race at the Nürburgring next week.

The Hinwil and Munich based outfit, like rivals McLaren and Ferrari, have endured a difficult 2009 campaign, often failing to progress beyond the first round of qualifying.

Both Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld spent most of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone locked in a battle at the rear end of the grid.

The team have vowed to improve at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring where they will introduce several new aerodynamic components to the F1.09, as well as a revised double diffuser.

BMW Sauber boss Mario Theissen said: “We are all absolutely determined to start moving forwards again and I expect us to experience an upturn in form. It is certainly not easy to make up lost ground without the chance to do any testing, but that is what we re aiming to do. We are bringing a series of mechanical improvements to the Eifel mountains, as well as a further developed version of our double-decker diffuser.

BMW Sauber’s head of engineering, Willy Rampf added: “After our disappointing performance at Silverstone we have to turn things around at the Nürburgring. That s something we owe our many fans who always come to the race here. The characteristics of the Nürburgring mean the cars tend to understeer here.”

“The key question is: how do you set the car up to stop it pushing over the front wheels too much? That can be resolved by an optimal aero balance combined with the corresponding mechanical set-up. We will be bringing a modified version of our double-decker diffuser to the Nürburgring, and we have also made improvements on the mechanical side. Much will doubtless depend on how successful we are at getting the tyres to work.”