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Rampf confident BMW Sauber will improve 25 Jan 2008

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.07. Formula One Testing, Day Four, Valencia, Spain, Thursday 24 January 2008. World © Hartley/Sutton Willi Rampf (SUI) BMW Sauber Technical Director. BMW Sauber F1.08 Launch, BMW Welt, Munich, Germany, Monday 14 January 2008. World © Sutton

BMW Sauber’s technical director Willy Rampf remains confident that the F1.08 will fulfil its potential before the start of the season in Australia in March. The team’s new car was launched with a great deal of fanfare in Munich almost a fortnight ago, but has so far failed to impress in terms of pace.

After a successful track debut during a private test at Valencia, the F1.08 struggled to make its mark on the timesheets following the arrival of the other teams this week. But despite this, Rampf, believes the car’s performance will improve in time for the season-opener in Melbourne.

“In terms of reliability the F1.08 is already very good,” he commented. “We have covered numerous laps without any noteworthy problems to date. As far as performance is concerned, we are at the start of a comprehensive development phase. We have analysed the data from the test drives so far and identified the potential areas concerned.”

“By the next test in Barcelona the car will already have received some relevant modifications. Following that, we will be using new components in all the other tests up to the start of the season. We have set ourselves an internal target which we aim to meet by Melbourne, and I am confident we will achieve that.”

BMW Sauber, who finished second in the constructors’ championship last year and who are targeting their first win in 2008, will test again at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya from February 1 to 3.