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05/26/09
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BMW set to debut 'multi-level' diffuser  Dear motorsport enthusiasts,

It goes without saying that everyone at the BMW Sauber F1 Team had envisaged the Monaco Grand Prix turning out very differently to what it did. However, what hinted at being a problem in Thursday's first free practice session set the tone for the entire race weekend, from qualifying to the end of the race. We could not keep the tires at the optimal operating temperature in Monaco, which resulted in us clearly being to slow.

Just two weeks ago, at the first European race of the season in Barcelona, our new aerodynamic package allowed us to take an important step forward after the disappointing start to the season. However, there was no sign of this progress in Monaco. Of course the conditions in Monaco are unique - mechanical grip is more important here than anywhere else. However, our performance in the Mediterranean principality did not meet the standards we have set ourselves.

After three years, in which we have always achieved and even surpassed our goals, this is the first setback. We have to put this behind us - and we will do. After all, the very same team in Munich and Hinwil is responsible for the BMW Sauber F1 Team's consistent improvement since its formation. The same team gave us our first pole position and put us on the very top of the podium. As a result, everyone is ready and motivated for the fight ahead, as we strive to return to the top.

We will now immediately analyze the shortcomings, introduce corrective measures, and significantly increase our development speed. At the next race in Istanbul in two weeks, we will line up with another new development package. We will use a multi-level diffuser for the first time in Turkey. We are convinced that this will be another step in the right direction.

Sincerely,
Mario Theissen

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