BMW Sauber team boss, Mario Theissen has revealed that the trip to Fuji next weekend will be a major logistical headache for all the teams in the sport.

Speaking ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, the 15th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Mario added though that the trip to Japan is an important one for BMW as it is a key market.

"Fuji will be a new challenge. I had a look at the circuit before last year's race at Suzuka. There is one very long straight and several unorthodox corners," noted Mario in the countdown to the latest round on the schedule.

"The circuit is very remote - there are very few roads and not much in the way of accommodation, and the infrastructure is limited. Fuji represents a major undertaking for our logistics people.

"The Japanese market is very important for BMW though. Japan is Asia's leading and most highly developed market. Success here puts you in a very strong position in Asia overall. BMW was the first German manufacturer to set up its own subsidiary in Japan."

BMW Sauber technical director, Willy Rampf meanwhile added that while Formula 1 hasn't raced at Fuji since 1977, they are still well prepared for the event and will have a 'good baseline set-up'.

"As we have never raced at Fuji our preparations for the GP have relied 100 percent on computer simulation," he explained.

"This is based on software programs developed fully by our own specialists. The primary focus during this process was to determine the level of downforce, mechanical set-up, brake specification and gear ratios required for the race.

"Experience has shown that we have reached a high level with our simulation technology. We can therefore expect to have a good baseline set-up already in place on Friday morning, which will allow us to use free practice to concentrate on fine-tuning measures and tyre choice for qualifying and the race on Sunday," he summed-up.

 

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