Robert Kubica is hoping for a change of luck in his second Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend - after BMW-Sauber flattered to deceive at Interlagos in 2006.

The Pole could manage no better than ninth place in S?o Paulo twelve months ago - only the sixth race of his fledgling Formula 1 career - and with team-mate Nick Heidfeld retiring it marked one of the Munich and Hinwil-based squad's least successful outings of the season. Failures to score in both Belgium and China of late have broken the F1 sophomore's six-race streak of points finishes, and left him under threat from the on-form Heikki Kovalainen, the Finn now just five points adrift of Kubica in the drivers' standings.

"Of course we are looking forward to Brazil," the 22-year-old asserted. "We will try our best, and then everything we do once we get back to Europe will be new as we will be working for next year.

"The track itself is very bumpy and quite tricky. There is a big uphill section after the last corner where last year we were losing a lot of speed, especially in the race, so I hope we can do better this year. Though the 2006 race was not bad, I only finished ninth and this year I want to score points in the season finale."

"The circuit is very varied," agreed BMW Motorsport director Dr Mario Theissen, "as indeed is the weather. Engine performance is key on the start-finish straight, which is not only long but also on an incline. This uphill section makes for an exciting race start. One salient feature of the venue is the altitude of S?o Paulo - due to the thinner air here, engine power is curtailed by around eight per cent compared with driving at sea level."

Technical director Willy Rampf echoed Theissen and Kubica's sentiments about the circuit - widely-acknowledged to be one of the most challenging on the grand prix calendar - and underlined the team's ambitions to sign off a supremely successful second season on a high.

"The most crucial sector at Interlagos is the middle one where there's one turn after another," the Austrian explained. "It calls for plenty of downforce, and good traction and balance. Maximum speed is key in the first and third sectors, with the uphill section of the start-finish straight demanding substantial engine output.

"One feature at Interlagos that should not be under-rated is the track surface. Even though it has undergone several improvements, the circuit still makes for quite a bumpy ride. That has to be taken into consideration for the mechanical set-up.

"After two rather mixed-bag grands prix, we want to pull out all the stops again for our last race and see out a very successful season on a positive note."

 

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