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BMW SAUBER F1 TEAM - ROLL-OUT IN VALENCIA
01/17/2007
Valencia, 16th January 2007. There were smiling faces at the BMW Sauber F1 Team today. At 13:00 hrs the new BMW Sauber F1.07 left the garage for the very first time. It had its roll-out according to schedule at the Valencia circuit. Nick Heidfeld had the honour of completing the maiden laps under an overcast sky, but on a dry track. The F1.07 is the first 'real' BMW Sauber F1 Team car.

"Everything worked trouble free", said Heidfeld. "The car felt good right from the beginning, but also unfamiliar. Of course you don't go to the limit straight away with a brand new car. First you do systems' checks, you monitor temperatures and such things. During the first three laps I was one second quicker each lap. This obviously shows I was still far away from the limit, but it is also nice. I couldn't wait for this day. Within the last months in the factories in Hinwil and Munich everybody was working unbelievably hard. The team is full of ambition and motivation. We are facing an exciting season with quite a lot of unknown factors. During the three next days we will be doing serious testing with the F1.07."

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen commented: "The first day with the F1.07 went very well. It was a condensed presentation with a roll-out directly afterwards. The new car clocked up its first laps without any error. We are now armed for the first real test which will take place here in Valencia from Wednesday to Friday this week."

Willy Rampf, the team's Technical Director, added: "We are very happy the roll-out went without any technical problems. During the first outing we proved the systems are working. Now we have to do long-runs and see what data we collect when we monitor temperatures, pressures, etc. Tomorrow we will start with set-up work."

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Awesome... Any pics?
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The press release didn't include pictures. But I can poke around for a press kit if there is one.

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So, is Schumacher the man to beat this year after getting beat by Alonso last year? Or will Alonso repeat? Or maybe a new (old) face take it?

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I think the results in F1 are very dependent on the car technology. Whoever has the best performing car has a big advantage. That being said, Schumacher IMHO is the greatest F1 driver of all time and can make up for slight technological advantages other cars may have. I'm going to keep my eye on the testing the teams are doing now to see who might have an edge. I'm sure Alonso and Schumi will be fast.
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Schumacher retired! after 7 championships. Alonso has gone to McLaren along with newcomer Lewis Hamilton who is the first black F1 driver. And, learned his craft by starting in Formula BMW the single seat cars that use our K bike motors.

Former McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen has moved into Scumacher's seat at Ferrari.

I look for Alonso and Kimi to fight it out. The BMW driver Robert Kubica who replaced Jacque Villagenut did a very good job at the end of the year. I would not be surprised to see a few wins from him.

I received a very nice F! review book from INDY for renewing my tickets early. They even sent it at Christmas.

I have to disagree with Schumacher being the greatest. Looking at the record books, one would have to say Yes he was. But, the equipment and Ferrari's blatant use of team orders certainly did their part. It is a shame that his antics the past few years on the track will forever taint his name.

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Ain't that the truth!!!

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