BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen was left beaming with pride at the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix after Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica helped the team to its best points haul in a single weekend since entering Formula 1 at the start of last season.

Heidfeld held off the determined challenge of Fernando Alonso in the closing stages of the race to finish in third place, while team-mate Kubica took a solid fifth - securing ten points from the weekend to consolidate third in the standings behind McLaren and Ferrari.

"That was not only a great result points wise, but it was also the best result so far for our team," Theissen enthused. "Nick third and on the podium and Robert fifth - that means ten important points. To date we have never managed to get more than that with the BMW Sauber F1 Team in a single race. That is fantastic.

"Today everything worked well for us. Our race strategy was aggressive. The pit stops were perfect, and today that was very important. A great compliment to the team here at the track and also to our colleagues at home in Hinwil and Munich. Being third in the constructors' championship means now we have a big cushion, and we look forward to going into the summer break highly motivated."

Kubica himself was pleased with the result, which marked his fourth straight points finishes since returning to action after his accident in Cananda.

"I am happy with the pace," he said. "Today the car worked well, and my race was pretty good. I had to start with used tyres, therefore, the first laps were very difficult for me. However, after the first stop the pace was really good and then I closed the gap to Nick to three seconds. Without yesterday's problems we could have finished a lot better. Nick had a good result and this is good for the team."

 

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