Theissen expects success for BMW in ’08

Wed, 23 January 2008, 01:14

The BMW-Sauber team is in a bullish mood as it prepares to take on ‘Big Two’ formula one teams Ferrari and McLaren in 2008.

At Valencia on Tuesday, the F1.08 single seater was fitted with a radical ‘antler’ front nose innovation, as team boss Dr Mario Theissen restated his belief that the new car is a “significant step forward” over the impressive 2007 model.

“We are very confident that we can be even more in the fight with this car,” the German is quoted as telling the specialist Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell.

BMW took over the privateer Sauber squad in 2006, and last year – following McLaren’s exclusion for espionage – the team finished second only to Ferrari in the constructors’ standings.

“Since we have not taken long to catch up, I expect us to succeed,” Theissen added.

“In terms of size, we are a mid-table team, but in ambition, I see us as a top team,” the German added.

Nick Heidfeld was just eleventh quickest at the Valencia test on Tuesday, but Germany’s Bild newspaper said the German was carrying “a lot of extra fuel” in his car.

Heidfeld, who at one point broke down and could be seen investigating a problem at the front of the F1.08, revealed: “We have new parts to test every day.”

Triple world champion Niki Lauda said of BMW-Sauber: “They have built a very courageous car.”

You may also like