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British GP race reactions: BMW-Sauber

Robert Kubica – 13th:
“This was a very difficult race for me. Starting from P12, it was clear under normal circumstances we couldn't achieve much, therefore we decided to take a risk and start the race with a high fuel load and on the prime tyres. But it didn't pay off, because I had big problems heating up the tyres at the start, and I lost ground. We have to accept that 13th is just what was possible today.”

Nick Heidfeld – 15th:
“I'd say that, given our poor qualifying results, the race result was what we expected. There wasn't much we could come away with. At the start, I risked a lot when I went for a rather small gap. I damaged my front wing, but I was happy it wasn't worse than that. Of course, it significantly affected the aerodynamics, but we decided to wait until the scheduled pit-stop so not to lose even more time. For the second stint, I had to use the harder tyre compound, but the softer ones were clearly the better ones.”

Mario Theissen - BMW Motorsport Director:
“For us, the race reflects the performance we showed in yesterday's qualifying. Overall, it was a disappointing weekend for our team. We will speed up our development programme. The only out of the ordinary situation from our point of view today was when Nick touched another car on the first lap and damaged his front wing. Although he was able to continue until the scheduled pit stop he lost a lot of time.”

Willy Rampf – Head of Engineering:
“We are obviously not happy with this result, but unfortunately it reflects our qualifying performance. In the race, we were struggling to get the tyres into the window when they were working at their best. Both drivers complained about lack of grip on the hard compound. With the softer tyre, the pace was acceptable. But at the end of the day here the car was just not competitive. At the Nürburgring, we will introduce the next aerodynamic update.”



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