BMW Sauber F1 Team - Roll-out in Valencia.
Valencia, 16th January 2007. There were smiling faces at the BMW Sauber F1
Team today. At 13:00 hrs the new BMW Sauber F1.07 left the garage for the
very first time. It had its roll-out according to schedule at the Valencia circuit.
Nick Heidfeld had the honour of completing the maiden laps under an overcast
sky, but on a dry track. The F1.07 is the first 'real' BMW Sauber F1 Team car.
"Everything worked trouble free", said Heidfeld. "The car felt good right from
the beginning, but also unfamiliar. Of course you don't go to the limit straight
away with a brand new car. First you do systems' checks, you monitor
temperatures and such things. During the first three laps I was one second
quicker each lap. This obviously shows I was still far away from the limit, but it is
also nice. I couldn't wait for this day. Within the last months in the factories in
Hinwil and Munich everybody was working unbelievably hard. The team is full
of ambition and motivation. We are facing an exciting season with quite a lot of
unknown factors. During the three next days we will be doing serious testing
with the F1.07."
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen commented: "The first day with the
F1.07 went very well. It was a condensed presentation with a roll-out directly
afterwards. The new car clocked up its first laps without any error. We are now
armed for the first real test which will take place here in Valencia from
Wednesday to Friday this week."
Willy Rampf, the team's Technical Director, added: "We are very happy the roll-
out went without any technical problems. During the first outing we proved the
systems are working. Now we have to do long-runs and see what data we
collect when we monitor temperatures, pressures, etc. Tomorrow we will start
with set-up work."