BMW Sauber team boss, Mario Theissen has predicted that Nick Heidfeld's second place finish in Canada last month definitely won't be their last podium this season.

The Swiss-based outfit have done themselves proud so far this year and have firmly established themselves as the third best team, behind McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari. To date BMW have scored 56 points, 25 points more than their nearest rivals, Renault. Indeed they haven't come away pointless from a single grand prix.

"We have every reason to be satisfied with what we have achieved so far," said Theissen. "Our goal for 2007 was to make it onto the podium on our own merit. Nick already managed that in Montreal with his second place, at the same time claiming our best individual result so far. I am confident this will not be our last podium finish this year.

"We have clearly established ourselves as the third strongest team and we have no intention of relinquishing that position during the remainder of the season. For 2007 we have already notched up 56 points. Last year we finished the season with 36. We have come away from every grand prix with points.

"I'm particularly pleased with all of this since we haven't yet completed our two-year development phase. The Hinwil factory extension won't be ready until the end of the year: that's when we will be operating at full power. I am convinced that the route we have chosen is the right one."

Asked about the next event, which of course will be their home race in Germany, Theissen added that while the European Grand Prix is important, it is no more significant really, at least in point-terms, than any of the other rounds.

"The grand prix at the N?rburgring is the only Formula One home race for us in 2007. Naturally we are very excited at the prospect of this weekend. But you can't afford to lose your concentration," he warned. "Home races don't earn you any more points than elsewhere."



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