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January launch for 2009 BMW Sauber 05 Nov 2008

The new BMW Sauber F1.08 is wheeled out for it's first run. BMW Sauber F1.08 Launch, BMW Welt, Munich, Germany, Monday 14 January 2008. World ©  Sutton (L to R): Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1, Dr Mario Theissen (GER) BMW Sauber F1 Team Principal, Willi Rampf (SUI) BMW Sauber Technical Director and Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1 with the new BMW Sauber F1.08. BMW Sauber F1.08 Launch, BMW Welt, Munich, Germany, Monday 14 January 2008. World © Sutton

BMW Sauber have scheduled the roll-out of their 2009 car for January 20 of next year. The F1.09 will make its first public appearance in testing at Valencia in Spain.

After scoring their maiden win this season and finishing a highly-competitive third in the constructors’ standings, BMW Sauber hope the F1.09 turn them into genuine championship contenders next season.

The team believe that major changes to the Formula One regulations for 2009, including the return of slick tyres, aerodynamic restrictions and the introduction of KERS to recover waste energy from braking, could play into their hands.

“The challenges are big but we will stick to our ambitious goal: in 2009, we want to be one of the teams battling it out for the title,” BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen told the team’s official website.

Following the F1.09’s launch, it will participate in three further test sessions before the 2009 season kicks off in Australia on March 29.