Nick Heidfeld is eager to end BMW-Sauber's 2007 Formula 1 campaign on a high note as he gets set to return to the scene of his maiden rostrum finish in the top flight - Interlagos.

The German took third place for Sauber-Petronas six years ago, and though he has already bettered that performance this season with second spot in Montreal in the early summer, he is nevertheless looking forward to competing around what he describes as one of the most demanding tracks on the F1 calendar.

Interestingly, since scoring that podium finish, he has never again seen the chequered flag in Brazil in four outings.

"For me, the circuit in S?o Paulo is one of the best of all," the man from M?nchengladbach enthused. "It is challenging, both in terms of driving skill and physically. It's an anti-clockwise track and the straight is actually a long sweeping curve that puts your neck muscles under real strain.

"Then there's the bumpy surface. The best sections come after turn three - turn five, which is an uphill double right-hander, is one of my favourites. I took my first podium finish at Interlagos in 2001 after coming third, and that's something you never forget."

With BMW-Sauber already assured of the runner-up spot in the constructors' standings - a tremendous achievement in what is still only the Munich marque's second season in the sport as a manufacturer in its own right - the squad is now keen to enjoy a trouble-free weekend after suffering technical gremlins that have wreaked havoc over the last three outings.

"For the BMW-Sauber F1 Team this has been a successful season," asserted BMW Motorsport Director Dr Mario Theissen. "We can be proud of what we have achieved, both in terms of our development work over the winter and the pace of development during the season. In our two start-up years we have reached our target each time.

"In 2007 we started out from fifth place in the world championship, with 36 championship points earned in our debut season. Fourth place with a clear points increase was a firm commitment, third place an option. It was very gratifying to be able to see ourselves as the third-strongest team right from the start and to shore up that position in virtually every race.

"An administrative decision handed us second place on a plate, but that really doesn't mean anything to us as we know there are still four cars that are faster than ours. Our aim is to beat them out on the race track."

 

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