Robert Kubica has described this weekend's inaugural Singapore Grand Prix as BMW-Sauber's best chance to compete with Formula 1 pace-setters McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari over the final four races of the 2008 campaign.
The Pole – who achieved his maiden success in the top flight with a superb drive to victory in Montreal back in June – has kept himself in the title hunt with a strong and consistent run in what has by common paddock consensus been, at best, F1's third-best car.
Courtesy of five consecutive points-scoring finishes in the last five outings, however – including a brace of hard-fought rostrum finishes in Valencia and Monza – as his rivals for the crown have alternately either suffered ill-fortune or made costly mistakes, Kubica arrives in Singapore still just 14 markers shy of the championship lead…even if he knows his chances of lifting the laurels remain comparatively slim.
“The situation is harder than it looks,” the 23-year-old is quoted as having said by F1SA
. “Singapore is the best opportunity in the last four races to score important points, so if the car improves it will be much easier to challenge [Lewis] Hamilton and [Felipe] Massa.”
Kubica publicly hit out recently at what he perceived to be a switch of attention within the Munich and Hinwil-based concern, from supporting his bid for glory to focussing on bringing under-fire team-mate Nick Heidfeld back up-to-speed, particularly in qualifying.
BMW Motorsport Director Dr Mario Theissen, however, is adamant that the team is 'still offering Robert the chance of making it to the very top in the world championship'.
“There is no hierarchy,” the German stressed, “meaning that we say one of our drivers is number one and the other is our number two prior to a race. At the same time, it goes without saying that Robert can rely on our full support.”