Nick Heidfeld has set himself the target of challenging for the World Championship with BMW Sauber having concluded a deal extension that is expected to see him with the team for another two seasons.

Heidfeld and Robert Kubica will remain with the team into 2008 at least after BMW confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the sport earlier in the week, ending brief speculation that Fernando Alonso could have been lured from McLaren.

Nonetheless, with his near future assured, Heidfeld has set himself lofty aspirations for the coming seasons and would like to start challenging for race wins and possibly the World Championship.

"I believed that when I joined them nearly two years ago and I think we will be able to keep improving further. The team's goal and my goal as well is to fight for the World Championship and hopefully we can be in a position to do that in two years' time, but as you know as well as I do it's very difficult to plan things in Formula One."

Starting his 80th race this weekend for BMW Sauber, if his three seasons with the Sauber team in 2001, 2002 and 2003 are also taken into account, Heidfeld is yet to win a race, but has experienced a breakthrough year this year, scoring in all but two races and claiming a best of second in Canada.

Indeed, while Heidfeld admits there was interest from other teams, most probably Toyota, the German has great confidence in the potential of BMW and he is pleased to be a part of it.

"There was interest from other teams as well but I'm very confident in the team, they know what they're doing, things are looking promising in the factory also, with building a new home now for the Hinwil base and so far everything is going in the right direction.

"But at the moment, I have to say it's sort of easy for the team to keep the spirit up. As I've said before, when we have a low - it will come at some point - then we will all have to stick together and be strong and try to get ourselves out of it but luckily, so far, it hasn't really happened."

 

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