Robert Kubica has backed up the outspoken comments made by BMW-Sauber test driver Christian Klien that the interim 2009 Formula 1 cars seen in the first major winter group test in Barcelona this week are not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing ever to take to the track.

The designs, with a wide and low front wing and high, narrow rear one have met with unanimous surprise [see separate story - click here], and Kubica concurs that the sport's new aerodynamic rules for next season - whilst they have been tipped to generate increased overtaking - have failed to take beauty into account.

"We definitely all agree that the appearance of the cars is not really the best," the Pole - fourth in the 2008 F1 title chase - told German broadcaster RTL, whilst adding on a more positive note that: "I can now see much more out of the mirrors."

Meanwhile, BMW team-mate Nick Heidfeld has admitted that the Munich and Hinwil-based outfit's new KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) technology is 'giving us a few more problems than we had really hoped for' - even if it does have some benefits.

"You clearly notice the added performance when you hit the boost button," the experienced German told after driving with KERS for the first time around the Circuit de Catalunya, "but it's still early days and we've certainly not perfected it yet.

"We had a few problems and, although it didn't exactly bring us to a dead halt, we often had to return to the pits earlier than intended. KERS is giving us a few more problems than we had really hoped for.

"If you're close enough to the man in front, though, it could be very helpful - providing he doesn't use it at the same time."


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