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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

BMW Sauber reveal F1.09

BMW Sauber launched its new F1.09 today at Valencia, the sixth team to reveal its 2009 car in the space of a week.

With Robert Kubica in the title hunt until the waning races of last season, and a 1-2 in Canada, big things are expected from the Hinwil-based team.

BMW 2009 F1 Launch

"We have set ourselves the task of further improving our performance relative to the rest of the field," said team boss Mario Theissen. "The one-two in Canada and a total of eleven podium finishes in 2008 set an exacting standard. In 2009 we are looking to maintain our first-class reliability record while at the same time enhancing our performance levels so that we can be at the front of the pack on a consistent basis."

Incumbents Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld return for 2009.

The car will be put through its paces today in Valencia. Get get your interactive fix and updates at the team's site.

Engine rules altered (slightly)

The FIA have changed the language on engine requirements for 2009.

The three race rule has been dropped. Instead each driver should use no more than eight engines this season, with no requirement as to the sequence they are used.

Multiple sources in the media have reported this has been confirmed by an FIA spokesman, but expect further clarification, as those same sources report both McLaren and Ferrari have questions as to the application of penalties.

F60 illegal?

Bring on the politics for 2009, as Auto Motor und Sport apparently is said to report the Ferrari's exhaust outlets circumvent the new aero rules.

Probably not a big one to worry about, if it is determined to be so the team should be able to easily modify the design. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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