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Japanese GP race reactions: BMW-Sauber

Nick Heidfeld:
“Today was not our lucky day. I'm very disappointed with this result. Fourth place was within reach but several things went wrong today, especially at the second pit-stop when the rear right wheel nut got stuck. But certainly I don't want to complain. These things can happen and normally we have very good pit-stops. That was when I lost a position to Kimi, and I rejoined the race just behind him. When the safety car came out I lost another position to Nico, who was lucky to refuel while the safety car was out.”

Robert Kubica:
“The entire weekend was unlucky for me. Yesterday I wasn't able to show my good pace due to the red and yellow flags. Today I was stuck in traffic a couple of times. Furthermore I lost much time at the beginning of the race with a heavy and understeering car. Once the car was lighter and I got into my rhythm I was quite quick. I was then very unlucky with my first pit-stop, as after the stop both Kimi and Nick were in front of me. That cost me time. Also after the safety car period I was in traffic. I was stuck behind Jenson. I was quicker than him in the corners, but was not able to overtake as we were missing some top speed on the straights.”

Mario Theissen – BMW motorsport director:
“That was a strong performance from us with a disappointing end. Nick was quick and well on his way on fourth. Then he lost a position during his second pit-stop due to a sticking wheel nut. He lost another position during the safety car period when Nico Rosberg passed him after his pit-stop. Coming in ninth, Robert missed the points by just a small margin.”

Willy Rampf – head of engineering:
“Today more should have been possible for us. Nick established himself in fourth for a long time. Until his second pit-stop, which we did earlier because Kimi Räikkönen was right behind him, everything went according to plan. But during the pit-stop a problem occurred which cost us valuable seconds. As a consequence Kimi was able to get by. During the safety car period Nick lost another position. Robert lost a position after the start which he gained back later during the race, but at the end it was just not enough to score a point."



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