Sunday, 1 June 2008
Too many second places?
BMW have come a long way since their takeover of the long-running Sauber team in 2005. In the twelve year history of the Swiss team, they not once finished a race in second or higher. Although BMW's first season in the sport wasn't quite what they hoped, they were consistence point finishers and did get a couple of podiums. They improved on Sauber's last season finish, completing 2006 in fifth place. The improvement in 2007 was clear to see. They began battling with the Ferraris and McLarens with Heidfeld starting the season with three consecutive fourth place finishes. The real ability of the F1.07 car became clear in Montreal, Canada. Nick Heidfeld performed solidly to finish in second. Robert Kubica, however, had a less satisfying race. His massive crash at the hairpin put him out of the next race. Nevertheless, Heidfled's second remained their best result in 2007. Whilst they finished best of the rest in the 07 championship, this year they are fighting for top status. Robert Kubica just missed out on pole in Australia, he got pole in Bahrain and he very nearly won the Monaco Grand Prix. Having now secured 3 second places this season, it cant be long before they do one better. Canada was the scene of their best 2007 result. Will it be the scene of their first win this year?