BMW Sauber technical director Willy Rampf has warned his team not to relax in the fight for third place in the Formula 1 constructors' championship - despite seeing the gap to Renault increase by nine points at the Hungaroring.

With Nick Heidfeld taking third place in Hungary and Robert Kubica securing fifth, the team secured its best ever points haul from a single race, picking up ten points compared to the single point Renault took home thanks to eighth place for Heikki Kovalainen.

That means that BMW is now 38 points ahead of the defending champions in the standings, while the 71 points already on the board is nearly double the entire total scored last season - a sign of the steps forward being taken by the team in its second year under BMW ownership.

"Renault collected one point, we collected ten," Rampf reflected. "The gap was pretty big. We are in a comfortable position but that doesn't mean we can afford to relax. Everything we can learn this year will help us next season.

"This year we have a continuous development, small steps, because we can't afford to lean back. This way, a little bit of pressure remains on the team because we have to go to the races in order to fight for good results and not only pay attention to securing our world championship position."

 

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