The modified car includes a revised front wing similar to that introduced by Force India at Valencia, before the team’s upswing in performance.
The substantial aerodynamic revisions to the car include more deeply undercut sidepods, improvements to the double diffuser (an innovation the team were among the last to adopt) and a modified rear wing.
The car also has a brand new gearbox, which gave the same some trouble during practice today. Nick Heidfeld suffered a gearbox failure in the first session and had to have the unit replaced, and Robert Kubica had problems with a faulty gearbox sensor.
It’s too soon to tell how big an improvement the update is, but the team were encouraged to see Kubica finish the first session in fifth place and Heidfeld fourth in the second session.
This weekend boss Mario Theissen confirmed the team will use Ferrari engines in 2010. With major development work carrying on this late in the season, the signs are good that whatever becomes of BMW will remain a credible team next year.
Here are some more pictures of the updated car from a variety of angles. Will the revised F1.09 allow BMW to score points or challenge for the podium? Have your say below.
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