BMW came away from the British Grand Prix with another solid points haul in their pockets after Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld secured fourth and sixth place finishes at Silverstone.

Although they perhaps lacked the outright pace of their Ferrari and McLaren rivals, when it mattered on the track Kubica proved more than a match for Felipe Massa in the closing stages of the race when the Brazilian failed to nail the Pole.

Indeed, Massa had been surging through the field following his stall at the start, but while he made overtaking the majority of the field look relatively easy, Kubica held him back over the course of the final 13 laps to score his second fourth-place finish in a row.

Although Kubica realises fourth was perhaps inherited rather than earned following Massa's problems, he was nonetheless delighted to have been able to hold off the much quicker Ferrari in the latter stages.

"I am very happy. I found myself in front of Felipe Massa, but this race was not as easy as in Magny-Cours as I had to keep him behind me for the last 13 laps. Being behind here is tough as Felipe lost a lot of downforce, although he was quicker when he was alone on the track. He had a harder job than me as I just had to control the situation, not push too much, not make any mistakes and I was pretty sure I would hold him.

"In the middle of the race it was quite easy for me, but as soon as I heard over the radio that Felipe was closing the gap I tried to push. I did everything to get the maximum from the car and from me. We are happy to finish fourth, the car felt good and now we have to maximize our potential. Fourth second time in a row and ten points from this isn't bad."

Although once again overshadowed by his team-mate after struggling to ninth place in qualifying, Heidfeld was nonetheless satisfied with his race after leapfrogging both Renaults to put BMW a comprehensive 25 points ahead of their rivals in the constructors' championship.

"I am very happy with the race, but not with the race weekend overall. I started from ninth and finished sixth, three seconds behind Robert. The start was special. I didn't really accelerate better than Giancarlo Fisichella, but overtook him in the first corner on the outside, which I enjoyed, although at the exit of turn one we banged wheels. Later he caught me on the Hangar Straight.

"I was aware that Felipe Massa would have his second pit stop later than mine, but the advantage of a low fuel load is quite big here, so I could not stay in front of him. All in all I think a better grid position would have improved my chances significantly. The two leading teams are not running away from us and we had Renault under control again. We couldn't have asked for more today."

With a points haul of 17 points over the two race weekends, Mario Theissen has praised both Kubica and Heidfeld's efforts in France and Great Britain and is now keen for that to translate into a similarly good performance in BMW's home round of Nurburgring.

"This time we really had to fight hard for our "reserved" fourth place. At the end Robert felt the heat from Felipe Massa for the last 13 laps, but he defended his position very strongly. After starting from ninth, for Nick his sixth position was also very good.

"Having collected nine points a week ago in Magny-Cours, again we scored eight important championship points and strengthened our third place in the constructors' battle. The pit stops, which were crucial to our race strategy, played an important part in this success. Performing this way we are well prepared for our home race at the N?rburgring in two weeks."

 

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