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Klien debuts as BMW Sauber wrap up Valencia test 22 Feb 2008

Christian Klien (AUT) Honda F1 Racing Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Turkish Grand Prix, Preparations, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Thursday, 23 August 2007 Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.08 Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 01 February 2008. World © Patching/Sutton

Test driver Christian Klien had his first outing with his new team on Thursday, as BMW Sauber completed a private three-day test at Valencia in Spain. Austrian Klien enjoyed 32 laps in the F1.08, albeit on a damp circuit, as he familiarised himself with his new surroundings.

When the sun finally came out in the afternoon, race drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld took over again. Both continued to work on the set-up of the car, bringing their total mileage for the week to 798 km (197 laps) and 870 km (217 laps) respectively, with best times of 1m 12.293s and 1m 12.258s.

"Apart from Thursday afternoon weather conditions were far from perfect during the three days,” commented technical director Willy Rampf. “This made work difficult for the engineers. Nevertheless, this was an important and positive test for the team.

“We were able to complete a race simulation with both cars including pit stops without any problems. This underlines the high level of reliability of the new car. In addition we tested some newly developed parts.”

BMW Sauber will continue testing in Spain next week, this time alongside their rivals, at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya from February 25 to 27.