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BMW in `optimistic mood` for Monza.

BMW Sauber F1 boss Mario Theissen has said that 'his' team will be after another good haul of points at the Italian Grand Prix this coming weekend.

The Swiss-based outfit has shined at Monza in recent years, with Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica finishing fourth and fifth last year and the latter finishing third in 2006.

That all bodes well and Theiseen will want to see the team maintain that run on Sunday - although with a more than 60 point margin over Renault in the constructors' championship, third spot is already more than secure.

"So far Monza has been a rewarding venue for our team. In 2006, Robert had his first podium in what was only his third grand prix, and last year Nick and Robert took a nine-point haul to secure our second-best result of the season. For this year's Italian Grand Prix too, we have set our sights just as high," he confirmed.

"The 2008 race in Italy again marks the close of the European season, which has been very successful for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. So far in 2008 we have earned a total of nine podium places and celebrated a one-two in Montreal. It means we've achieved our season's target and established ourselves as one of the top three teams."

Like all the teams BMW conducted a three-day test at Monza at the end of last month and technical director Willy Rampf was happy with the work done.

"I'm very much looking forward to the race in Monza as it is a special event every time," he continued. "Monza is pure tradition and the only high-speed track left on the calendar. Because of the four long straights, you have to develop a special low-downforce aero package which enables high speeds on account of its low drag, and is only used in this one race.

"The challenge for the drivers and engineers is to find a mechanical set-up that guarantees good braking stability and allows for aggressive driving over the kerbs. That is absolutely essential to achieve good lap times. We were totally satisfied with our test in Monza, and we'll be heading for Italy in optimistic mood."

Heidfeld and Kubica are also both looking forward to the final European race of the year and while the former will have to stick with the same engine he used in Belgium, the latter's car is scheduled to be fitted with a new unit.



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