BMW Sauber F1's Nick Heidfeld
managed to salvage points from the Italian Grand Prix
at the weekend, the thirteenth round in the 2009 FIA F1 World Championship.
Heidfeld and team-mate, Robert Kubica
endured a nightmare run in qualifying on Saturday, and were both forced out in Q2 prematurely when they suffered engine problems. That left Heidfeld down in 15th and Kubica 13th.
Whilst Kubica retired early on though, due to an oil leak, Heidfeld enjoyed a much better run in the grand prix and hauled himself back up the order eventually taking seventh place and two championship points.
"I'm totally happy, as for me it was a great race," Heidfeld reflected after taking his second points' finish in a row - and only his fourth of the season. "Coming seventh may not sound fantastic, but from 15th on the grid that really was the best I could do today.
"The start itself wasn't good at all, I almost lost positions. But then in the first corner I managed to overtake one car on the outside and then in the chicane I went to the inside to overtake Jarno Trulli.
"On lap three I overtook Giancarlo Fisichella, which I thought would be impossible because he has KERS on his car.
"Then when I was behind Sebastian Vettel
I started to save fuel. After our pit stops he was behind me, and I was eighth before Lewis Hamilton
crashed on the last lap and I benefited by scoring one more point."
BMW Sauber F1 team boss, Mario Theissen meanwhile was delighted that Heidfeld got them something from the weekend - and he is now looking forward to Singapore in two weeks time, when the squad will benefit from a 'huge development programme'.
"It was a hard race which had a dramatic end because of Lewis Hamilton's crash. After having bad luck in qualifying, Nick achieved the best possible race result when he managed to climb from 15th on the grid to seventh," Theissen added.
"In the beginning Robert was even two places ahead of Nick, but then damaged his front wing and was called in for a stop by the race director. Shortly after that he had to retire due to an oil leak in the gearbox.
"For us the engine situation for the rest of the season is difficult. However we are looking forward to the next race in Singapore before which we will have a huge development programme."