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Wind frustrates Kubica and BMW in Valencia

The second full day of BMW-Sauber's pre-season Formula 1 testing at Valencia in Spain saw Robert Kubica put more than 100 laps on the new Munich and Hinwil-based squad's F1.09 challenger – even if the Pole was frustrated by strong winds in the afternoon.

On a cloudy day, Kubica covered some 465km – or 116 laps – of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, trying out a variety of set-up options and conducting some race start simulations during the morning running, but the wind in the afternoon reduced the exercise to a test of reliability through a series of long runs.

“While the morning was good, unfortunately the wind made testing quite difficult in the afternoon,” the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner remarked afterwards, “but we still got some interesting results which will help us understand the new BMW-Sauber F1.09 better.”

Team-mate Nick Heidfeld will take over at the wheel for days three and four on Friday and Saturday, marking the first time the experienced German will have taken to the track in the car since its launch on Tuesday.


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