Heidfeld doubts title bid in 2007

Mon, 5 March 2007, 09:30

Nick Heidfeld has tried to play down BMW’s sterling pre-season form by insisting that winning the world championship in 2007 is not his target.

“I am not as optimistic as a lot of other people seem to think we are,” the German told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

29-year-old Heidfeld admits that the new Hinwil based ‘F1.07’ car is quick, and perhaps bettered only by Ferrari and McLaren, but warned that its gearbox and hydraulics systems are still not reliable.

“It is clear that in the coming years I want to be world champion, hopefully with BMW. What we are seeing now are very good signs, but we are not going to be disappointed if we are not champions this year.”

The usually modest Heidfeld does, however, confess that – with Michael Schumacher now retired – he will more than likely emerge as the quickest German in 2007.

“Ralf (Schumacher)’s Toyota and Adrian Sutil’s Spyker are clearly slower,” he said.

“From what I have heard, Nico Rosberg’s Williams is going well but I believe we have a nose in front.”

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