BMW boss impressed with newcomers

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen has spoken in praise of drivers Dirk Muller and Nico Rosberg, following the pair's debut Formula 1 tests

BMW boss impressed with newcomers

The pair shared a day of running at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today (Tuesday). Both the drivers received the test as a reward for their efforts racing BMW's the past season, Muller in the ETCC and Rosberg in Formula BMW.

Rosberg was the fastest of the duo, setting a best lap of 1m21.069s, although he did enjoy a brief spin early into his run. Tin-top star Muller's fastest time was 0.6s shy of the young Finn.

Theissen was impressed with both drivers. "It was a very interesting day," he said. "It was nice to watch one young guy, and one not so young - but young looking - guy in action. Dirk made no mistakes at all, whilst Nico had a bit of a spin because of a change in the brake-balance setting on the car.

"They were both very good and made improvements through the day, and we had no trouble with the car. I was quite pleasantly surprised as they gave us reasonable comments on the cars set-up which was nice to see."

Rosberg and Muller tested alongside drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Marc Gene. Colombian Montoya concentrated on Michelin tyre testing, whilst Gene continued development work on the BMW's 2003 engine.

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