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Mario Theissen Q&A - no KERS for BMW Sauber in Turkey 04 Jun 2009

Dr Mario Theissen (GER) BMW Sauber F1 Team Principal in the FIA Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 21 May 2009 Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.09 and Lewis  Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 24 May 2009 Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.09 leads Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.09.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 24 May 2009

The last round in Monaco was a bitter disappointment for BMW Sauber, but team principal Mario Theissen hopes that major upgrades to the F1.09 for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix will enable the team to bounce back - even if they have opted against using their newly-revised KERS system in Istanbul…

Q: Mario, Nick Heidfeld was quite confident that the car will do much better here. Was Monaco a one-off?
Mario Theissen:
In my view it’s two issues that should put us in position to have better performance here: one is the development on the car - mainly aero. We will run for the first time a double diffuser. The other issue is the tyre situation: we have put quite some effort into understanding what happened in Monaco and the tyre situation will be totally different here, so I think it should look much better here.

Q: Does the team need a big step forward here - or differently asked, can it afford another Monaco?
MT:
We don’t think about another Monaco. It was unexpectedly bad but we have very constructively worked in the factory in the past ten days - analyzed a lot, understood a lot and drew some conclusions on it, so everybody is very confident that we move on now and make progress.

Q: How advanced is your diffuser? Is it very basic - meaning first situation?
MT:
Yes, it is first situation. It is beneficial, but we are planning to do several other upgrades during the next upcoming races.

Q: And you stay with the decision of not using KERS here?
MT:
Basically it has been for the same reasons as in Barcelona two races ago, with the difference that we have a KERS package available here which fits the new aero package. But again there are only two free practice sessions to check out the new aero package and we think that the risk of getting off track by trying out a new KERS configuration at the same time is higher than the potential gained.