Different BMW to amaze rivals – Heidfeld

Mon, 14 January 2008, 12:52

F1’s most competitive teams will be “amazed” when they clap eyes on the new BMW-Sauber F1.08, team driver Nick Heidfeld claims.

The 30-year-old German was a top performer of last season, taking the 2008 car’s predecessor to fifth place in the drivers’ championship; behind only the four Ferrari and McLaren runners.

Heidfeld and Polish teammate Robert Kubica’s new car will be unveiled in Munich on Monday, and Heidfeld suggests that team chiefs’ winter proclamations that a race win is the target for 2008 is not empty rhetoric.

Asked by Bild newspaper about the F1.08, he answered: “It looks quite different from our last car, because the 2007 one was very simple.

“This time, there are many more details. Our opponents at Mercedes and Ferrari will be amazed when they see it,” Heidfeld added.

He also said he is not intimidated about the prospect of joining F1’s top quartet – Raikkonen, Alonso, Massa and Hamilton – in the battle for wins in 2008.

“I know that in the past I have beaten every one of them,” Heidfeld answered.

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