There is a rule of thumb in Formula 1: Standing still means going backwards. Vehicles change from race to race. The engineers are continually modifying the vehicles depending on the characteristics of the different circuits - the extremely long straights in Monza require a different aero package than the tight and slow
Valencia (ES). At the maiden F1 event in Valencia Robert Kubica finished third. It is the eighth podium for the BMW Sauber F1 Team in 2008 and the fifth this season for the Pole. Kubica started the European Grand Prix from third on the grid. Team mate Nick Heidfeld slid from eighth to ninth immediately after the start and did not score in Spain.
Robert Kubica: 3rd
BMW Sauber F1.08-05 / BMW P86/8
Fastest Lap: 1:39.330 min on lap 38 (4th fastest overall)
“I started pretty well but in corner 1 I went over the ke
It’s going to be a tight squeeze in Hungary once again. The Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest is a twisty circuit, throwing up a similar challenge to Monaco in terms of demanding maximum downforce and razor-sharp concentration. Overtaking is tricky, and the Grand Prix has frequently panned out as a procession through the dusty Hungarian plain. The rain-sodden event of 2006, by contrast, entered the F1 annals as a nailbiting thriller.
Ahead of the 11th of this season’s 18 races, the BMW Sauber F1 Team rema
Hybrid technology in Formula One has been given the go-ahead and the development process is underway. Powered by a modified drive concept, the top category of motorsport is poised to enter a new dimension in 2009 - and deliver significant impetus for the development of standard production vehicles in the process. From the start of next season, the Formula One regulations allow for the use of hybrid technology to increase the output and efficiency
“I want to keep heading in the same direction.”
BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld has turned his season around, emerging from a recent barren spell just in time for his home race, the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring on 20th July.
You’ve earned a lot of praise for your second place and pair of double overtaking moves in the rain of Silverstone. How did you pull off such a great performance?
BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld: “It was just brilliant. Qualifying finally went well again, and
After a flawless drive and numerous good overtaking manoeuvres Nick Heidfeld took second place for the BMW Sauber F1 Team in what was a wet and fairly chaotic British Grand Prix. This was his third runner-up spot of the season, and the team’s seventh podium. While everything, including the right tyre choice at each pit stop, paid off for Heidfeld, his team mate Robert Kubica slid off the slippery track after his second pit stop.
Nick Heidfeld: 2nd
BMW Sauber F1.08-07 / BMW P86/8
It was mixed fortunes for the BMW Sauber F1 Team drivers in qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. For Nick Heidfeld it was a good day, as fifth fastest means he equalled his previous best performance of 2008 from Melbourne. However, the reverse happened to Robert Kubica, as a problem with his car in the last part of qualifying meant he was tenth fastest, and this is his worst performance of the season.
BMW Sauber F1.08-07 / BMW P86/8
Qualifying 5th, 1:21.022 min (3rd Practice:
The 2008 Formula One season reaches its halfway mark on July 6th with a truly classic fixture: the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. The BMW Sauber F1 Team hopes the three days of testing at this challenging circuit in Northamptonshire will help it bring home a better result than at its last outing in the French Grand Prix. Silverstone features a lot of medium and high-speed corners, so good aerodynamic balance is always one of the key issues here.
The BMW Sauber F1 Team comes to Silverstone
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen finished the French Grand Prix in Magny-Cours in fourth place. After 70 laps (308.586 kms), he came home 28.9sec behind winner Felipe Massa (Ferrari) despite starting 10th on the grid following a five-place grid penalty. His team mate Lewis Hamilton ended up 10th; qualifying third, he was demoted to 13th due to the 10-place grid penalty he received at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Lewis also recei
As the excitement builds for this year’s British Grand Prix in July, motorsport fans throughout the region are in for a high-octane surprise, as Formula One comes to Manchester (GB) for the first time ever. To celebrate the highlight on the British motorsport calendar, the BMW Sauber F1 Team will install its interactive Pit Lane Park at the Trafford Centre from 4-6 July.
The Formula One theme park will be open to all visitors, free of charge and offers unrivalled access to the sounds, power and dynamics of the w
“They were the longest, but also the most relaxed laps of my Formula One career.”
Robert Kubica made it onto the top step of the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix in what was only his 29th race in Formula One. In taking the chequered flag in Montreal, the Pole also handed the BMW Sauber F1 Team its maiden victory. After seven of the season's 18 races, Kubica now leads the Drivers' World Championship with 42 points.
Four days after the race, how does it feel to have recorded your first grand prix victory?
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Heikki Kovalainen finished the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in ninth place. After 70 laps (305.270 kms), Heikki took the chequered flag 54.4sec behind winner Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber). His team mate Lewis Hamilton retired on lap 20 after his pit stop during the Safety Car period, when he hit Kimi Räikkönen’s Ferrari at the pit lane exit who had stopped. After the seventh of 18 Grands Prix, Lewis is second in the drivers’ ranking, tied with Felipe Massa (Ferra
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