Robert Kubica enjoyed a trouble-free shakedown with the new BMW Sauber F1.09 today [Tuesday] at Valencia.
Immediately following the official unveiling this morning, Kubica gave the squad's 2009 challenger its roll-out on the 4.005 kilometre track.
Taking advantage of the sunny weather in the afternoon, the team concentrated on systems checks and collecting base data. In total the Polish driver managed 73 laps, covering almost 300 kilometres in total.
"It was a good shakedown without a technical problem," he reflected. "Although the track was missing a little bit of grip because there was only one car running, we already learned a lot about how the car is responding to set-up changes."
BMW motorsport director, Mario Theissen and Walter Riedl, managing director of BMW Sauber AG, meanwhile were also both pleased with how proceedings went.
"We unveiled the BMW Sauber F1.09 this morning and continued with a shakedown on the Valencia circuit in the afternoon," Theissen noted. "Everything went according to plan and without problems.
"The car is now ready for the first day of proper testing tomorrow with Robert at the wheel."
"Despite being a brand new car, the BMW Sauber F1.09 had a very successful shakedown. All systems worked perfectly. We could even do some basic tests like several race start simulations," added Riedl.
The BMW Sauber F1 team will now test at Valencia until Saturday, with Kubica running on Wednesday and Thursday, before Nick Heidfeld takes over for Friday and Saturday.