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Turkish GP race reaction: BMW-Sauber

Robert Kubica – 7th:
“It is good to finally score points. I think I raced well today. My pace was good and I made no mistakes. The race was very hard, as nearly all the time I had someone very close behind me, and the smallest mistake would have cost a position. It was very hard to keep up the pace. However, finishing seventh was a clear step forward and we now have to keep up the speed of development.”

Nick Heidfeld – 11th:
“For me today's race was disappointing because I lost all my chances in the beginning, when I had a problem with the car. As early as the formation lap, I realised the car pulled to one side and the front left tyre had no grip at all. It stood still when I tapped the brakes softly. The start itself was okay as I was ninth, but then I more or less went straight on in the first corners because of my problems, and quite a few cars went by me. It was better in the second and third stints, but it was way too late for points. Nevertheless it is positive that the car has generally improved and again we are able to score on our own merits.”

Mario Theissen - BMW Motorsport Director:
“This was a thrilling race for us right from the start to the chequered flag. Coming from P10, Robert made it to seventh and therefore deserved the two championship points due to his great commitment. In the early stages our cars were not fast enough to make up ground compared to our competitors. Only after lap 40 were our drivers able to set the lap times which we expected. Nick lost a lot of ground and many positions right after the start and was therefore not in a position to fight for championship points. Conclusion of the weekend: Our car was fast enough today to score points thanks to our own performance. This is the basis from which we will prepare the next development steps.”

Willy Rampf – Head of Engineering:
“For our team, today's race was really exciting. Our strategy proved the right one and Robert was able to exploit the car's potential. We were rewarded with two World championship points. Nick's race was over immediately after the start. Despite our positive result there is no reason for slowing down now. We have to make more progress quickly to close the gap to the top teams. However, tonight we are happy about championship points.”


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Black Mans Wheels - Unregistered

June 08, 2009 2:27 AM

F1 is on its head BMW happy to score 2 points. I thought we were going to be fighting for the championship this year. what were we working on after last years canadian gp win because it was not last years car, and this seasons car is embrasing. I think will missed a trick last year. We could of been constructors champions. To much focus on kers. What was albert 2 doing playing chess. Atleast we have improved since the last race, that was painfull. Get some repectabilty and start work on next years car. And we should not of let vettel go. sorry nick its time to go you need to qualify better. The top teams went down the kers route and look where they are. chassie over powertrain



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