BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld has admitted that his team's objective for the rest of the season is securing third place in the constructors' championship in the face of opposition from Renault, rather than trying to prise race wins from McLaren and Ferrari.

The German, gearing up for his home race this weekend, claimed that recent rounds had shown that the top two teams were almost out of reach of those in the chasing pack, and that BMW Sauber ought to focus on the threat from Renault instead of wasting resources hunting glory.

"I'm very much looking forward to my home grand prix, [as] I think we are coming here knowing that we have a good package," he told the first press conference of the weekend at the Nurburgring, "As in the last couple of races, however, we are trying to keep Renault behind us and trying to hold our position in the constructors' championship. Of course, we are trying to go forward and challenge Ferrari and McLaren but, as we have seen at Silverstone and Magny-Cours, they are too far ahead."

Two years ago, Heidfeld surprised the field by claiming pole position for Williams but admits that, despite a positive test for the team at Spa recently, he would be satisfied with a place in the top six this weekend.

"I got my very first pole position here, my first and only one so far, and I also finished second the same weekend so, of course, it would be fantastic to do the same again at my home grand prix [this year]," he claimed, "But, as I said, at the moment, I think we are the third strongest team so fifth position would be good.

"The team was very happy with the test we did at Spa, but it is a very different circuit to here and we actually didn't test a lot of parts for the N?rburgring. We did expect it to go well because we knew it was a similar downforce package as we used in Indianapolis and Canada, where we have already been strong this year."



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