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Heidfeld celebrates on the factory floor 23 Apr 2008

BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld (GER) visits the BMW Plant, Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 23, 2008. © BMW AG BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld (GER) visits the BMW Plant, Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 23, 2008. © BMW AG BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld (GER) visits the BMW Plant, Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 23, 2008. © BMW AG

Current constructors’ championship leaders BMW Sauber have enjoyed an impressive start to the 2008 season and on Wednesday driver Nick Heidfeld carried out a spectacular driving demonstration around BMW’s Munich plant to thank the assembled employees for their support.

“It was long overdue and a really great event,” said BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen. “A lot of people have had their fingers crossed for us and been with us all the way during the development phase of the new team, so they should also share in our recent success.

“We're well aware that a lot of people in the various departments are keenly following our fortunes and have bets on our results. However, it is not possible to involve the workforce properly at the circuits, so we had to come up with something special instead.”

Production at the German plant was halted for 45 minutes to give the 5,000 workers enough time to enjoy the Formula One driver’s demonstration and collect autographs. As well as Heidfeld, touring car driver Jorg Muller gave his BMW 320si WTCC a spin around the factory's grounds, as did David Mengesdorf in his Formula BMW junior racing car.

“It is nice to give the workforce something back,” added Heidfeld. “The scale of the machinery is impressive, but the euphoric reception I was given by the workforce was even more amazing. I lost track of how many hands I was shaking. There were still hundreds of people I would like to have talked to.”

With the event complete, Heidfeld and Theissen will start the journey to Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.