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BMW Sauber wrap up exclusive Valencia test 21 Jan 2008

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW Sauber F1.08 First test, Valencia, Spain, 15 January 2008. World © Patching/Sutton Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW Sauber F1.08 First test, Day Two, Valencia, Spain, 16 January 2008. World © Patching/Sutton

With race drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica in attendance, BMW Sauber concluded their three-day private test at Valencia on Friday. Sunny and dry conditions throughout saw the duo enjoy a productive session at the Spanish circuit.

Heidfeld took charge of the team’s new F1.08 for a second day. Despite a mechanical problem with the car’s power steering, the German covered 91 laps in total as he continued carrying out set-up work. His team mate Kubica, meanwhile, drove the older F1.07B and completed 42 laps.

“Apart from this morning we had no noteworthy reliability problems during the four days,” commented technical director Willy Rampf. “We were able to complete many laps with the new car and managed to collect a lot of valuable data. We have a base line for determining the programme for next week's test. We are only just starting out and have a fair amount of work to do to find the ideal settings for the new car.”

The team will continue to test in Valencia from Tuesday as this week’s multi-team session gets underway.