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Test in Bahrain.
27th February - 1st March 2007
Day three - Thursday

Weather conditions: sunny all day
Temperatures: Air: 20/27°C, Track: 22/38°C

Number of cars participating: 16

Fastest lap overall: 1:29.989 min, Felipe Massa, Scuderia Ferrari

Nick Heidfeld:
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.07-02 / BMW P86/7 V8
Test kilometres today: 449 km (83 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:31.720 min

Robert Kubica:
Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.07-04 / BMW P86/7 V8
Test kilometres today: 530 km (98 laps)
Fastest lap: 1:31.751 min

For the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain the BMW Sauber F1 Team enjoyed a trouble free and productive morning session in which Nick carried out an aero programme, damper and set-up tests. Robert focussed on long runs, cooling option tests and some aero testing. In the afternoon Robert continued to do long runs while Nick worked on set-up testing. Since January the team clocked up 11,680 test kilometres with the F1.07.

Willy Rampf, Technical Director:
"We are pleased with the pre-season testing programme. The double test in Bahrain was particularly important because of the consistent weather conditions. We were able to confirm the cooling system and to test the tyre characteristics in high track temperatures and test the entire car under conditions which will be similar to those we expect for the first three races. Last week's race simulation, which was trouble free with both cars, brought positive results as well. By being careful to prepare in every detail we hope to be able to show the same reliability in Melbourne as well."

Willy Rampf, Technischer Direktor:
"Insgesamt sind wir mit dem abgearbeiteten Programm bei den Tests zufrieden. Der Doppeltest in Bahrain war vor allem wegen der stabilen Witterung wichtig. Wir konnten das Kühlsystem überprüfen und das Reifenverhalten bei hohen Fahrbahntemperaturen untersuchen sowie das gesamte Fahrzeug unter Bedingungen testen, wie sie uns vermutlich bei den ersten Saisonrennen erwarten. Positiv war auch unsere Rennsimulation in der Vorwoche, die wir mit beiden Fahrzeugen problemlos bewältigt haben. Mit entsprechender Detailarbeit hoffen wir, diese Zuverlässigkeit auch in Melbourne darstellen zu können."

What comes next: This was the final day of 2007 pre-season testing. Now the teams will prepare for the season's opener in Melbourne at 18th March.

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