BMW to launch 2008 car in Munich

Wed, 21 November 2007, 09:47

BMW-Sauber will launch its 2008 car on 14 January early next year, the Swiss based team announced on Tuesday.

In an invitation to the press, the team said the car, to be called F1.08, will be unveiled publicly for the first time at the new BMW vehicle delivery centre in Munich.

A day later, a Tuesday, the new single seater will be tested for the first time at the Valencia circuit in Spain.

Following the exclusion of McLaren for espionage, BMW-Sauber finished the 2007 season second only to Ferrari.

“Improvements can always be made across the board, but the greatest scope for progress clearly lies in aerodynamics,” team boss Mario Theissen said in an interview on Tuesday.

“It’s not a question of eliminating a specific weakness for 2008, but of finding the extra three to five per cent in all areas which can bring us up to the level of the top teams.

“It’s really a matter of fine-tuning — evolution rather than revolution,” the German added.

Theissen said work on the 2008 car began in May, and – with its position in the constructors’ standings secured – the team switched all efforts to the F1.08 in mid-September.

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