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Kubica delighted with breakthrough BMW win 08 Jun 2008

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 celebrates victory with his team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 8 June 2008 The BMW Sauber team celebrate their first win, a 1-2 finish with Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1 second, and the first GP win for Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 8 June 2008 Dr Mario Theissen (GER) BMW Sauber F1 Team Principal and Willi Rampf (SUI) BMW Sauber Technical Director celebrate victory for Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 and their first GP win.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 8 June 2008 Beat Zehnder (SUI) BMW Sauber F1 Team Manager and Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 8 June 2008

He has been threatening it all season, and on Sunday Robert Kubica finally achieved it - Formula One victory. On the Montreal circuit where he survived that horrific accident last season, Kubica didn’t put a foot wrong as he led home team mate Nick Heidfeld to record his, Poland’s and BMW Sauber’s maiden win in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Kubica started from the front row, but with Lewis Hamilton’s polesitting McLaren looking significantly quicker, few had given the 23-year-old much chance of triumphing. However, when Hamilton orchestrated his own demise, crashing into Kimi Raikkonen in the pitlane, the race was at Kubica’s mercy.

With his two main rivals out of contention, Heidfeld became Kubica’s chief opposition. But the German’s one-stop strategy wasn’t enough to keep him ahead of his two-stopping team mate. Kubica first passed his colleague, and then built a big enough margin to stay ahead following his final visit to the pits.

"I'm very happy at having won the first race for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. I'm also happy for Poland and all my fans. It was a very difficult race for me,” said Kubica. “I had just eight laps to increase the gap (over Heidfeld) to 21 seconds, which was a huge challenge.

“I finally managed to get a 24 second lead, which meant I was able to stay ahead of Nick. From this moment on I took it a bit easier, but even then it's very easy to make a mistake, particularly because of the tarmac that was destroyed in some places. But it all worked out and I'm just happy!"

Heidfeld was quick to pay tribute to his team mate, despite the disappointment of missing out on victory: "Congratulations to Robert for winning this race, which he really deserved! Finishing second after starting from eighth is a great result, especially considering the difficult time I have had recently. Thanks a lot to the guys in Hinwil, who built me a new chassis after the accident I had with Alonso in Monaco!"

BMW Sauber’s one-two consolidates their second place in the constructors’ standings and the team are now just three points shy of leaders Ferrari.

"It is fantastic, I am overwhelmed,” said Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director. “It is difficult to find the right words. Today just everything worked well. We hoped for another podium here in Montreal, but would not have dreamed to get a one-two victory. Congratulations to Robert and Nick and to the entire team at home in Munich and Hinwil. Today we achieved a milestone. Both drivers worked with no errors and the strategies paid off. I think we will have to celebrate a lot today."

BMW Sauber’s maiden win comes in only their third season of Formula One competition, the German car giant having taken over Peter Sauber’s team in 2006.