Team boss Mario Theissen in Bahrain dropped a big hint about the pending 2008 ‘option’ on driver of the race Nick Heidfeld’s expiring BMW contract.
He insisted at Sakhir that the next driver lineup will not officially be confirmed by Hinwil based BMW-Sauber until closer to the end of the season.
But after Heidfeld’s drive to fourth place after spectacularly overtaking Fernando Alonso on Sunday, ‘sid’ quoted Theissen as saying briefly: “From the perspective of Nick or BMW, at the moment there is no reason to change.”
Heidfeld, 29, described his afternoon in the Bahraini desert as probably his best ever drive.
Amid rumours of the possible interest of Toyota and Honda, he smiled: “If I was a boss, I would give me a contract!”
BMW’s 2007 car, the F1.07, will be fitted with a new aerodynamic package for the next race, and Theissen said: “We want to close the gap to the two teams in front of us even more.
“Then the world championship can be even more exciting.”