BMW Bring New Generation Diffuser at Nurburgring
Heading for the upcoming German Grand Prix at Nurburgring, BMW Sauber felt pressured to come up with something new in order to at least try and turn the disastrous 2009 campaign into a decent one. As confirmed by BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen, the F1.09 will feature a new generation double-decker diffuser and also several other mechanical updates at Nurburgring.
While insisting the updates are expected to bring the two BMWs higher in the standings – which kind of makes sense actually – Theissen did not lay out the exact aim for the German GP. Improvement in racing pace seems to count more.
“Going into the German Grand Prix, we cannot be happy with the season so far. After three successful years, this recent period has been the first set-back for our team - and is one we will overcome. After all, this is the same team in Munich and Hinwil that has delivered continuous improvements since the team was founded,” said Theissen.
“We are bringing a series of mechanical improvements to the Eifel mountains, as well as a further developed version of our double-decker diffuser. We are all absolutely determined to start moving forwards again and I expect us to experience an upturn in form,” added the German official.
BMW Sauber's technical director Willy Rampf insisted, however, that many of these updates will work dependent on how the tires will behave on the Nurburgring track. For the first time this season, Bridgestone will allocate consecutive compounds for the entire duration of a grand prix.
“Much will doubtless depend on how successful we are at getting the tires to work,” added Rampf.