The BMW Sauber F1 team is gunning to end its season with a strong result in Brazil this weekend - but regardless of how things go at Interlagos, it is clear the squad has continued to make great strides forward in what is only its third year at the pinnacle of the sport.

Indeed not only did Robert Kubica take his and BMW's maiden win in Canada, but the Swiss-based outfit has managed eleven podium finishes in total, plus one pole position and two fastest race laps.

BMW also retained an outside chance of claiming both titles right up to the penultimate round in Japan and could yet steal second spot in the manufacturers', as Team McLaren-Mercedes is only ten points in front.

"We are very much looking forward to the final race of 2008 and are aiming to record another good result to round off the season," said BMW motorsport director, Mario Theissen. "This is the final race in what has been our most successful season since the launch of the BMW Sauber F1 Team. We have achieved our ambitious aims for the third year in succession.

"We not only proved to be one of the top teams from the outset, we also recorded our maiden race win. It was all the sweeter, of course, that our success in Canada came in the form of a one-two.

"As things stand, we have now had 11 podium finishes this year, compared with two in 2007. This statistic alone is evidence of the considerable steps forward we have made.

"Added to that, Nick brought us our first fastest race lap in Malaysia, Robert claimed our first pole position in Bahrain, and we've now scored points in 34 consecutive races, something no other team can match.

"The last time we went home empty-handed from a GP weekend was in Brazil in the final race of 2006. This achievement does not come down to chance.

"Our trump cards this season have been spotless reliability, our - for the most part - excellent race strategy, outstanding work in the pit stops and a very small number of mistakes from the drivers."

Despite all the successes however, Theissen does concede that they didn't make as much progress in the second half of the year as he would have liked. He is though convinced that they have learnt some important lessons and that should pay dividends next year.

"In terms of pure performance, we still have ground to make up on Ferrari and McLaren Mercedes, and we didn't make the progress we hoped to in the second half of the season," he continued.

"Indeed, some of our development projects did not yield the expected performance gains on the track. But I am certain we shall learn the lessons from this for 2009. After all, we want to be up there fighting for the World Championship title next season."


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