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Theissen lauds BMW Sauber's 2007 performance 12 Oct 2007

BMW motorsport director Dr Mario Theissen Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.07.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 7 October 2007

Ahead of next weekend’s season finale, BMW Sauber’s Mario Theissen has praised the team’s achievements during the 2007 season. Following the exclusion of McLaren, the German-Swiss squad is set to clinch second in the constructors’ championship behind title winners Ferrari.

“For the BMW Sauber F1 Team this has been a successful season,” explained the BMW Motorsport director. “We can be proud of what we have achieved, both in terms of our development work over the winter and the pace of development during the season.”

After finishing their 2006 debut season fifth in the table, BMW Sauber had hoped to step up to fourth in 2007. But unexpectedly strong progress, combined with poor performances from 2006 title holders Renault, meant that for much of the season BMW Sauber have been clear leaders in the ‘best of the rest’ contest behind Ferrari and McLaren. They are currently 43 points ahead of Renault in the standings.

“In 2007 we started out from fifth place in the world championship - with 36 championship points earned in our debut season,” added Theissen. “Fourth place with a clear points increase was a firm commitment, third place an option. It was very gratifying to be able to see ourselves as the third-strongest team right from the start and to shore up that position in virtually every race.”

Although a win for the team remains elusive, drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica have notched up 23 points-scoring finishes, including two podiums, from 16 races.