Formula1- BMW and Sauber - Test in Barcelona

28.11.2005: Formula1- BMW and Sauber - Test in Barcelona

November 28th 30th 2005 - Day one Monday.

Weather conditions: Sunny and dry
Temperatures: air 5-14C, track 5-17C
Fastest lap overall: 1:20.609 min, Gary Paffett, McLaren-Mercedes, Michelin
Number of cars participating: 3
Driver on duty: Nick Heidfeld
Chassis: Sauber C24B
Engine: BMW P86 V8
Test kilometres today: 129 km
Number of laps today: 28
Fastest lap: 1:21.634 min (lap 16)

Test programme / Remarks: First test of Sauber C24B with BMW P86 V8 engine. In the morning, the car ran without any problems. In the afternoon, the engineers stopped the programme early.

What comes next: Continuation of engine and systems testing

Nick Heidfeld: "After an almost three-month break I could hardly wait for the first test. The chassis and engine ran without any problems in the morning. All the systems were working perfectly. Of course you can tell the difference in performance compared to the V10. Thats something you just have to get used to. A positive surprise is that the engine vibrates a lot less than I had expected. In the afternoon we had to break off work early when the engineers spotted a problem in the data and told me to switch off the engine. Tomorrow we will resume our programme as planned."

- Heike Bartsch, BMW -


28.11.2005 / MaP

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