BMW Sauber team boss, Mario Theissen has said that they will be doing everything in their power during the remaining six races of the season to ensure Renault don't erode the team's 'buffer' and threaten their third place in the constructors' championship.

The Swiss-based squad has been comfortably third best this season and while BMW currently enjoys a very good 38-point lead over the regie, having scored more than double their points, Mario added that they aren't taking anything for granted.

Indeed despite the summer break, he noted that they have been flat-out trying to improve the F1.07 ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix next weekend, which will kick off the final part of the season.

"The short summer break has been a welcome one for our race and testing team. The mechanics and engineers in particular were glad of at least a few days off after the energy-sapping weeks and months. But, of course, work continued full speed ahead in Munich and Hinwil even after the race in Hungary," he noted.

"Having established ourselves as the third strongest team in the constructors' championship and built up a decent buffer of points between us and our nearest rivals, we certainly don't want to relinquish that position for the remainder of the season."

Asked about Istanbul Park itself, which will host the twelfth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship next weekend, Mario said that it is definitely good to have Turkey on the schedule.

"The Turkish GP is a positive addition to the Formula One calendar. They have created an excellent facility with a highly successful track layout on the Asian side of Istanbul," he continued.

"For the team's partners, the city itself offers plenty of event opportunities. Logistically, as well, this grand prix is exceptional, involving the furthest distance for the teams with their trucks and motorhomes to travel from central Europe.

"The situation is eased a little though thanks to the break that precedes this long trek."

BMW Sauber technical director, Willy Rampf meanwhile thinks that the 5.338 kilometre track is pretty good as it 'offers everything you need for an interesting circuit'.

"It has slow sections that demand good traction, but there is also the notorious Turn 8, for example, which consists of four parts but is taken in one line at around 250 km/h," he explained.

"Due to long partly uphill straights, the choice on this circuit is for a medium downforce level.

"High aerodynamic efficiency is the key to fast lap times. On account of its various corner combinations, the Istanbul Park is a challenging track from a driver's point of view and calls for precise handling."

Rampf also noted that it should be a good one for BMW and has predicted that they can get another strong result, like their 3-5 finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this month.

"In our recent races we were very strong and we have further improved the F1.07, and so I anticipate another good showing on the part of our team next Sunday," he summed-up.

 

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