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Rampf confident of BMW Sauber's potential 22 Jan 2007

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.07. BMW Sauber F1.07 First Run, Valencia, Spain, 16 January 2007. World © Sutton.

BMW Sauber’s technical director Willy Rampf believes the team are in a strong position following last week’s successful test session with the new F1.07 in Spain.

After making its track debut at Valencia on Tuesday, the team continued to run the car for the rest of the week in parallel with an older F1.06. Friday’s final session saw Robert Kubica put another 101 laps on the F1.07, much to Rampf’s satisfaction.

"We are pleased with the first test,” he said. “No doubt that the car has much potential. After the roll-out on Tuesday, we were able to start working on the different systems during the following days. This included the set- up of the quick shift gearbox as well as checking the hydraulic and the cooling systems.

“During the past two days we focused manly on the set-up of the car. It was good to see that the car reacts with good correlation to our simulations. This confirms that we have a solid basis for the ongoing development."

BMW Sauber’s next test will again be at Valencia, from January 30 to February 1, by which time the team will have a second F1.07 chassis ready.

Unofficial Friday times from Valencia
1. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:12.099
2. Timo Glock, BMW Sauber, 1:13.005