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  • 1. F1Team BMW Sauber F1Team Monaco Grand Prix st th 21 – 24 May 2009 th 6 of 17 World Championship races Preview. th Munich/Hinwil, 15 May 2009. The Monaco Grand Prix is both a relic of the past and a highlight of the Formula One calendar. Guests and teams alike will be looking to put on st th impressive displays around the narrow streets of the principality from 21 to 24 May. Nowhere else do the drivers complete so many laps of the circuit (78), yet the race distance here is the shortest of any Formula One GP. The tightness of the track makes this an unforgiving place for the drivers: errors are punished with damaged cars, a successful overtaking manoeuvre is worthy of a knighthood, not just a place up the rankings. A good grid position is vital in Monaco, and qualifying is a correspondingly tense affair. The BMW Sauber F1 Team is heading in an obvious direction. Extensive improvements were made to the F1.09 following a disappointing start to the season, and the Spanish Grand Prix pointed to an upward trend. A sudden leap to the front of the grid is not a realistic aim in Formula One, but the team’s positive progression is set to continue. The characteristics of the Monaco circuit present the teams with challenges they will encounter nowhere else during the course of the season, which adds additional intrigue to the question of performance. Robert Kubica: “I’m a big fan of street circuits, so I’m looking forward to the race in Monaco. I always have a really good feeling going into the weekend here and enjoy driving between the barriers and walls. There is no margin for error, which makes things particularly interesting. Of course, you can’t tell in advance how the 2009-spec cars will feel there with the new aerodynamics and slick tyres. We’ll find out more on Thursday.” Heidfeld: Nick Heidfeld: “Monaco is one of the highlights of the season. It’s crazy that the venue least suited to Formula One is also the most popular. The tight and twisty street circuit is brilliant. Only Macau is comparable, but we don’t drive there in Formula One. “There may be a bit less hype nowadays, but the Formula One weekend in Monte Carlo is still something special. It’s all about Formula One and parties. There are a lot of famous people around, the harbour is packed with yachts, the sound of the F1 engines reverberates across the principality, and the track is jammed with crowds of people through the evening. In Monaco the spectators get closer to the action than at any other venue. For me, every time I Media contact Jörg Kottmeier +49 170 5666112 come here it’s a wonderful sight.joerg.kottmeier@bmw.de Hanspeter Brack “On a few occasions already this season, the new, larger front wings have proved to be a bit +41 79 7701819 hanspeter.brack@ awkward in the tight confines at the start of races. It’s extremely tight through the first corner bmw-sauber.com in Monte Carlo, so there’s a big risk of knocking your front wing off against another car.” Heike Hientzsch +49 172 6209904bmw@heikehientzsch.de Benjamin Titz +49 179 7438088 benjamin.titz@bmw.de
  • 2. F1TeamBMW Sauber F1TeamMario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director:“We are currently experiencing an extremely demanding period for Formula One – both as ateam on the race track and behind the scenes. In both cases, the important thing is to keep acool head. We lined up at the Spanish Grand Prix with a far-reaching aerodynamic package.That was the result of some extremely hard work, but represents just the first step on a longroad. We scored two points, which was extremely positive following the low-point we reachedin Bahrain but clearly does not meet our aims. We will step up our pace of development.Monaco presents very specific challenges, as we all know, and the next performance packagefor the race in Istanbul is already being prepared.“Monaco is one of the mainstays of Formula One and one of the circuits, alongside theNürburgring, Spa, Monza and Silverstone, which has made the sport great. Monaco isFormula One up close and personal. Only street circuits like the one in the principality canbring the spectators so near to the action. This is the most famous and glamorous grand prixof the year. The yachts, the parties, the show business – nowhere are they such an integralpart of the Formula One experience as in Monaco.“In sporting terms, the important thing in Monaco is driving precision, mechanical grip and anengine with good drivability at low revs. Monaco has the lowest average speed of any grandprix. High levels of downforce are more important here than low drag, and the cars’aerodynamics are therefore adjusted to generate maximum downforce. There are no longstraights at this circuit, but it does have a lot of slow corners and the tyres are subjected toexceptionally high loads under acceleration out of these corners. Monaco is also a test ofendurance for the brakes. The speeds the cars reach may not be very high, but that meansthere is also a lack of cooling airflow.”Willy Rampf, Head of Engineering:“Monaco has the lowest average speed of any circuit on the calendar, so we run maximumdownforce on the cars. In the past, this meant that the teams often produced aerodynamicconfigurations which you didn’t see anywhere else – with small and also larger auxiliary wingssprouting out of the cars. That’s now a thing of the past, though, as the 2009 regulations nolonger permit these kinds of modifications. As a result, the cars will run a similar amount ofdownforce to last weekend in Barcelona.“The large number of tight corners in Monaco places a particular emphasis on grip, and wehave prepared a specially optimised spring and damper set-up in response to this. The circuitis open to public traffic between practice sessions, which represents a particular challengewith the negative impact on grip levels. This means that the conditions – and therefore laptimes – improve significantly in a short space of time as more rubber is laid down during thecourse of each practice session. The car’s steering lock is adjusted to the demands of thecircuit; after all, Monaco has the tightest corner of any Formula One venue.”
  • 3. F1TeamBMW Sauber F1TeamFacts and figures: thCircuit/Date Monaco / 24 May 2009Start time (local/UTC) 14.00 hrs / 12.00 hrsLap/Race distance 3.340 km / 260.520 km (78 laps)Corners 12 right-hand and 7 left-hand cornersWinner Lewis Hamilton, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes,2008 2 hr 00:42.742 minPole position Felipe Massa, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro,2008 1:15.787 minFastest lap Kimi Räikkönen, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro,2008 1:16.689 minData 2008 Full-throttle percentage: 42% Top speed: 286 km/h Longest section at full throttle: 8 sec / 510 m Gear changes per lap: 54 Tyre wear: medium Brake wear: high Downforce level: very highDriver Robert Kubica Nick HeidfeldBirthday 07.12.1984 10.05.1977Place of birth Kraków/Poland Mönchengladbach/GermanyNationality Polish GermanResidence Monaco Stäfa, SwitzerlandMarital status Single Partner Patricia Papen, daughter Juni, son JodaHeight 1.84 m 1.67 mWeight 72 kg 59 kgF1 debut 2006, Budapest 2000, MelbourneGP starts 45 157Pole positions 1 1Wins 1 -Podium places 8 12Fastest laps - 2 th thBest placing 4 (2008) 5 (2007 and 2008)Points total 120 206Points 2009 - 6BMW Sauber F1 TeamFounded 01.01.2006Locations Munich (DE) and Hinwil (CH)F1 debut 2006, MelbourneGP starts 57Pole positions 1Wins 1 rd nd stPodium places 16 (6 x 3 / 9 x 2 / 1 x 1 )Fastest laps 2 thWorld Championship 5 (2006), 36 points ndplacings 2 (2007), 101 points rd 3 (2008), 135 points th 6 (2009), 6 points after 5 GPs
  • 4. F1TeamBMW Sauber F1TeamSeason 2009: Robert Kubica Nick Heidfeld Qualifying Race Points Qualifying Race Points th th th thAustralian GP 4 15 - 11 10 - acciden (grid 9) t th th ndMalaysian GP 8 DNF - 11 2 4(half points) (grid 6) (grid 10) th th th thChinese GP 18 13 - 11 12 - (grid 17) th th th thBahrain GP 13 18 - 14 19 - th th th thSpanish GP 10 11 - 13 7 2History and background:Among the many peculiarities of the Monaco Grand Prix is the schedule for the raceweekend: the Formula One engines traditionally remain switched off on the Friday, which iswhy the first two free practice sessions are held on Thursday.Monaco has hosted 55 grands prix since 1950. The track’s distance has fluctuated between3.145 kilometres and 3.370 km. For the first 14 GPs the race distance covered 100 laps. Themost successful driver in Monaco to date remains Ayrton Senna with six wins.There have only been garages for the cars alongside the pit lane in Monaco since 2004.Before this for each practice and qualifying session, and the race teams had to push the carsback and forth between makeshift garages in the paddock or an underground car park.Covering an area of 1.97 square kilometres, Monaco is the world’s second smallestindependent state after the Vatican and the most densely populated – 33,300 people livehere. It is divided into ten districts: Monte Carlo, La Condamine, Fontvieille, Larvotto,Moneghetti, Saint Michel, Monaco Ville, La Rousse/Saint Roman, La Colle and Les Révoires.
  • 5. F1TeamBMW Sauber F1TeamSchedule for group interviews at the weekend:Wednesday:13.30-13.40 – Robert Kubica – TV13.40-14.00 – Robert Kubica – print media13.30-13.50 – Nick Heidfeld – print media13.50-14.00 – Nick Heidfeld – TV14.00-14.10 – Christian Klien – TV14.10-14.30 – Christian Klien – print media15.30-15.35 – Mario Theissen – TV15.35-16.00 – Mario Theissen – print media18.00-18.30 – Willy Rampf – by prior arrangement onlyThursday:16.45-16.55 – Robert Kubica – TV16.45-16.55 – Nick Heidfeld – TVSaturday:16.45-17.05 – Robert Kubica – print media17.05-17.15 – Robert Kubica –TV16.45-16.55 – Nick Heidfeld – TV16.55-17.15 – Nick Heidfeld – print media17.30-17.35 – Mario Theissen – TV17.35-18.00 – Mario Theissen – print mediaSunday:After the end of the race, Kubica and Heidfeld will be on hand behind the FIA garage,Theissen and Rampf in the team area.Involvement in the FIA press conference means the group interviews will be cancelled on therelevant day.Media website www.press.bmw-motorsport.com www.press.bmw-Team website www.bmw-sauber-f1.com www.bmw-sauber-