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BMW `aims high` with new car.

BMW Sauber boss Mario Theissen admits that the team is aiming high in 2009 after rolling-out the new F1.09 at Valencia.

The team enjoyed a fine campaign in 2008, capped by Robert Kubica leading Nick Heidfeld to a 1-2 finish in the Canadian Grand Prix; giving both team and driver a maiden F1 win.

Kubica ended the season in third place in the standings while Heidfeld was sixth despite admitting he was struggling at times during the year. BMW meanwhile took third in the constructors' championship behind McLaren and Ferrari.

On the back of that stellar campaign, BMW will now hope for further success during the year ahead, but Theissen admitted that the final step in the team's development to become regular contenders would be the hardest one to take.

"We have set ourselves the task of further improving our performance relative to the rest of the field," he said. "The 1-2 in Canada and a total of eleven podium finishes in 2008 set an exacting standard.

"In 2009 we are looking to maintain our first-class reliability record while at the same time enhancing our performance levels so that we can be at the front of the pack on a consistent basis. We are aware that we are aiming extremely high. This is the final step in our development, and that's generally the hardest one to take.

"In the three years since the BMW Sauber F1 Team was formed, we have always met the goals we set ourselves and are confident that we can do so again this season. You can plan your level of performance, but not your results."


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rich ard

January 20, 2009 1:45 PM

not as bad as expected, from previous photos, but what is with the RSJ at the end of the front wing. was this a left over fom a building site? we should have a vote on which is the ugliest car, but i reckon thet the renault would easily win.

Tupac Shakur - Unregistered

January 21, 2009 5:51 PM

Like rob said Mark your concern is based on the premise that the drivers can't prevent contact during on track and pit lane maneuvers. Firstly they know the dimensions of their cars and should have enough skill to take this into account. secondly if they are foolish enough not to take the dimensions of their car into account and do cause a collision, as rob points out the resulting damage would be be more likely to put them out of the race... even more reason for the drivers to take care.



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