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BMW Sauber F1 Team-2010 Australian GP Preview

SauberMotorsport2nd of 19 Championship Rounds, 26th – 28th March 2010


The very unproductive opening race in Bahrain, with set-up troubles followed by failures in the race, has been analysed. At the Australian Grand Prix, held from 26th to 28th March in Melbourne, the BMW Sauber F1 Team wants to perform the way everybody expected after testing – with scoring points achievable.

Pedro de la Rosa: “I’m very much looking forward to this Grand Prix. I really want our performance in Bahrain to be forgotten. Also it is one of my favourite Grands Prix because of the great atmosphere there. My last race there was in 2002. In 2005 I drove in Friday practice. This means I definitely have some memories of the track, but it will be like learning a new one for me. I believe we will be more competitive in Melbourne. Reliability was never an issue in testing, and it was very unlucky that we retired with both cars in Bahrain and with two different reasons as well. Albert Park is a difficult track with many chicanes, stop and go corners and bumps. As it is not a permanent race track it changes significantly over the weekend. This makes it important to read the track properly in order to deal with the grip level. It will not be easy for us in Australia and we need to work hard to be able to fight for points.”

Kamui Kobayashi: “For sure I hope we will be more competitive in Melbourne than we were in Bahrain – we just have to be. I only know the track from the Toyota simulator which I have been in after the race in Bahrain. I like the lay-out of the Albert Park Circuit, and I also like Melbourne as a place. I have been there twice as a reserve driver. The city is great and the spectators are true fans, so I can’t wait to race in front of that crowd. To me a four week trip begins now and I’m really excited about that. From Melbourne we go to Kuala Lumpur and before the race in Shanghai I go and spend some time in Japan.”

Technical Director Willy Rampf: “After our disappointing performance in Bahrain we have to make up for a lot in Australia. We have analysed the data and drawn conclusions accordingly. I expect us to be significantly more competitive in Melbourne. The failures were caused by hydraulic leaks in both cases, but for different reasons. For both problems we will have solutions ready for the race.

“The Albert Park Circuit is a stop-and-go track, being very demanding on the brakes and requiring high brake stability as well. At the same time good traction is a must. You drive with maximum downforce. Especially at the beginning of the weekend, the grip level is very low and then improves continuously. You have to make sure this development doesn’t confuse your set-up work and so you have to keep working in the right direction. I’m curious about how the tyres will be working. Last year the softer of the two compounds was degrading badly after just a few laps. This time Bridgestone is providing us with a harder compound, which naturally has an impact on the set-up.”

Circuit: Albert Park / 5.303 km
Race distance: 58 laps / 307.574 km
Schedule: Qualifying 17:00 hrs, Race 17:00 hrs local time (06:00 hrs GMT)

Pedro de la Rosa
Day of birth: 24.02.1971 Barcelona (ES)
Residence: Zurich (CH)
Marital status: Married to Maria Reyes
Children: daughters Georgina, Olivia, Luna
Height / Weight: 1.78 m / 73 kg
First GP: Australia 1999, finished 6th
GP started: 72
Best race result: 2nd (Hungary 2006)
Best qualifying: 4th (Hungary 2006)
Fastest race laps: 1 (Bahrain 2005)
Points in total: 29
Points in 2010: –

Kamui Kobayashi
Day of birth: 13.09.1986 Amagasaki (JP)
Residence: Cologne (DE)
Marital status: single
Children: –
Height / Weight: 1.68 m / 64 kg
First GP: Brazil 2009, finished 9th
GP started: 3
Best race result: 6th (Abu Dhabi 2009)
Best qualifying: 11th (Brazil 2009)
Fastest race laps: –
Points in total: 3
Points in 2010: –

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