Fifth and sixth place finishes in the Brazilian Grand Prix mean BMW Sauber will complete their second season with the record of scoring in each race this season, a run that also means they come away from the year with more than 100 points to their name.

An outstanding second season for the team, the combination of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld has pushed them up to second place in the constructor standings with a total of 101 points.

By contrast, the team last year finished in fifth place clucthing a total of just 37 points, with a podium each for Heidfeld and Kubica.

However, while the team would manage just two podiums again this year, 14 point scoring finishes in 17 races for Heidfeld alone means he will be classed as 'best of the rest' this season, while Kubica ends his first full season in Formula 1 with a best of three fourth place finishes.

The Pole had looked on course for a quartet of fourth places at Interlagos after a battling drive on a three-stop strategy. Up to fourth when Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg got tangled up ahead in the closing stages, an engine problem that forced the team to reduce the car's RPM however meant Rosberg was able to get through again.

Nonetheless, Kubica was pleased with his performance, both in Brazil and over the course of the season.

"The race started pretty well, especially after my problem in qualifying. I had to push right from the start because of my three stop strategy. Everything was going all right until I got the call to reduce the rpm of the engine because the temperatures were too high.

"Then when I was behind Nico Rosberg I was losing a lot of time each lap. In the last ten laps I was having lots of problems with the tyres and I was just trying to keep the car on the track. In the end if was a good season for the team."

Heidfeld ended the season with a sixth place finish after losing two spots when Rosberg's move forced him to run wide.

"We have cracked the hundred points' milestone, and it was a fantastic season. At the start Robert passed me, as he had the advantage of a lighter car and the clean line on the grid. During the race graining was an issue with the front tyres as well as the rear tyres, and this resulted in a couple of mistakes, but this must have been the case for everybody. But still in the final stint I was fourth until Nico Rosberg outbraked me.

"The manoeuvre was hard and on the limit, but if I had not opened the door we would have crashed. We both went on the dirt a little bit and Robert squeezed through. At the very end I was faster than him again but couldn't go by."

 

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