After raising the bar in 2007, the BMW Sauber team is already looking to the future after switching its focus to the development of its 2008 Formula 1 challenger.

With the exclusion of McLaren from the constructors championship, the team has secured second place in the standings behind Ferrari, with Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica lying in a solid fifth and sixth in the drivers championship.

Having firmly established themselves as the 'best of the rest' behind Ferrari and McLaren this season, the focus now is on breaking the 100 point barrier in the remaining races before trying to take the fight to the 'big two' next season.

"We are basically ahead of our development," BMW motorsport chief Mario Theissen said. "Since the season has been going so well, we have already been able to fully concentrate on the new car for next year.

"The last step to the absolute top is definitely the most difficult one. Ferrari and McLaren are the hard nuts to crack."



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