BMW don’t expect to beat Mercedes – Theissen

Fri, 9 March 2007, 12:29

BMW’s Mario Theissen says the German manufacturer does not expect to beat its arch rival Mercedes-Benz in the 2007 world championship standings.

The Swiss based BMW-Sauber outfit has undoubtedly closed the gap to F1’s traditional frontrunners over the pre-season period, but motor sport director Theissen is still officially targeting just fourth or fifth in the constructors’ battle.

BMW and Mercedes-powered McLaren demonstrated a similar performance in the winter test sessions, but German Theissen told ‘dpa’: “Mercedes has a different level of expectations than BMW this season.

“This year it won’t be a battle of equals.”

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