BMW motor sport director Mario Theissen has admitted that the German team is quicker than he expected as the 2007 pre-season draws to a close.
Observers have been impressed with the pace of the Hinwil built F1.07 in winter tests, and Theissen said: “Clearly we are closer to the top teams – Ferrari, McLaren and Renault – than we expected.”
The German told the newspaper ‘Augsburger Allgemeinen’ that BMW also expects to “improve” during the season, and acknowledged reports that point out the car’s reliability weaknesses.
“Until now Ferrari and McLaren look the strongest of all. Both have really top drivers like Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, but behind them are a group and fortunately we seem already to be a part of it,” he said.