Whilst other teams have encountered difficulties with the FIA's revolutionary new KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) technology and Renault has failed the governing body's mandatory crash test [see separate story – click here
], BMW-Sauber has confirmed that in Bavaria everything is 'on-schedule' for the season start.
The Munich and Hinwil-based concern has always stated that 2009 is the year when it will make a concerted push for the championship, and with Robert Kubica having registered the squad's maiden victory in Montreal in 2008 and the team having finished a close third in the constructors' title chase – just 16 points shy of runners-up McLaren-Mercedes – the foundations have certainly been laid.
What's more, BMW was the first team to run an interim car during winter testing at Barcelona and Jerez towards the end of last year, and is also set to be one of the first to unveil its new F1.09 challenger to the world, at Valencia on 20 January.
“We are on-schedule,” managing director Walter Riedl told the team's official website. “The component production during the winter break went exactly to plan. We started with this as early as last summer.
“The latest components to have been produced are, for example, the front wing end plates. The regulations for these were only finalised midway through December. Everything is now focused on 20 January, the roll-out of our 2009 car in Valencia.”
Riedl added that with the car due to take to the track immediately after its Spanish launch, sufficient time has been allocated to assemble the first chassis.
“We have set aside five full days for this purpose,” he explained. “It will only take a matter of hours to completely assemble a new car during the season.”