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BMW Sauber impeded by windy conditions at Valencia 22 Jan 2009

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.09. BMW Sauber F1.09 First Test, Valencia, Spain, 20 January 2009. Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.09. BMW Sauber F1.09 First Test, Valencia, Spain, 20 January 2009.

Whilst this week's multi-team session in Portugal and Ferrari’s private test in Italy have both been hampered by rain, BMW Sauber had up until now escaped poor conditions at their solo Valencia test. But on Thursday they too found themselves at the mercy of the weather, buffeted by strong winds at the Spanish track.

Although in the morning Robert Kubica was able to continue his evaluation of the new F1.09, trying out different set-up solutions and carrying out race start simulations, he was forced to change his programme in the afternoon. Switching his focus to reliability testing, he completed several long runs and covered 116 laps.

“While the morning was good, unfortunately the wind made testing quite difficult in the afternoon,” confirmed the Polish driver. “But we still got some interesting results which will help us understand the new BMW Sauber F1.09 better.”

With Kubica’s two-day test now over, team mate Nick Heidfeld will take his place in the cockpit on Friday and Saturday.