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Heidfeld gets first taste of F1.09 at Valencia 23 Jan 2009

Nick Heidfeld (GER) in the BMW Sauber F1.09, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain, 23 January 2009 Nick Heidfeld (GER) in the BMW Sauber F1.09, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain, 23 January 2009

Nick Heidfeld took over from BMW Sauber team mate Robert Kubica in the cockpit of the F1.09 on Friday, as the team's four-day test at the Spanish circuit of Valencia continued. It was Heidfeld’s first chance to sample the car, and the German was pleased to at last get his hands on his charge for the 2009 season.

“Finally I could drive the F1.09 for the very first time,” he said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but we are making progress with each kilometre and the reliability is already there.

"Overall the F1.09 handles quite differently to last year’s car. Fortunately I managed to work on the set-up in the afternoon. The most important result after my first day of testing is that the car reacts as intended to set-up changes.”

Although strong winds forced the team to change their scheduled programme, Heidfeld still managed to cover 92 laps over several long runs. He will continue to test on Saturday.