ⓘ BMW Sauber F1.09


ⓘ BMW Sauber F1.09

The BMW Sauber F1.09 was BMW Saubers Formula One motor racing car for the 2009 Formula One season. The car was launched on January 20, 2009 at Circuit de Valencia located in Valencia, Spain. It was driven by Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld, both retained from 2008.

After the teams impressive performance in 2008, winning their first race and coming third in the championship, much was expected of them. BMW made a promising start to the season, with Kubica running second at Melbourne and lapping faster than the leader before retiring in a collision, and Heidfeld finishing second at the chaotic Malaysian GP. However, the F1.09 ultimately proved to be disappointing. At times, the drivers could barely scrape through to Q2, let alone challenge for pole. Both drivers expressed discontent with the slow developments to the car. Towards the end of the season things began to look up, with the cars managing fourth and fifth at Spa-Francorchamps and Kubica finishing second at Brazil. However, the damage had been done, and BMW announced that 2009 would be their last season in Formula One. The team eventually finished sixth in the Constructors Championship.


1. Complete Formula One results

key results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap

† Driver failed to finish, but was classified as they had completed > 90% of the race distance. ‡ Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance completed.

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