European GP: BMW Sauber race notes

After excellent starts and a promising first part of the race, at the end of the day the race pace of the BMW Sauber F1.06 was not good enough. Jacques Villeneuve came eighth in the European Grand Prix at the Nürburigng and scored one point for...

After excellent starts and a promising first part of the race, at the end of the day the race pace of the BMW Sauber F1.06 was not good enough. Jacques Villeneuve came eighth in the European Grand Prix at the Nürburigng and scored one point for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Nick Heidfeld finished tenth.

Jacques Villeneuve:

"Overall a good result for us. It was very close with Fisichella and was a good battle. With the car he had I thought he would overtake me, but he stayed behind until the second pit stop so that was good. Coming out of the pits each time with a high fuel load the car was hard to drive, but once we got the tyres used up the rhythm was good as the older the tyres were the better the car felt.

Nick Heidfeld:

"I made a super start and was able to make up four positions in the first corner. I then tried very hard but I couldn’t keep up with the pace of the drivers in front of me. I was struggling with the balance of the car, which is a problem I have had since the Imola race and I don’t have a solution yet. We have to analyse this as a matter of urgency.

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):

"From our point of view the race reflected the rest of the weekend. We were simply not fast enough. At least Jacques had the speed to stay in the points for two thirds of the race, but during and after the second pit stop he could not keep up the same pace as some of his competitors. Nick was able to make up some positions in the first corners, but later in the race he also came under pressure."

"However, after a relatively poor performance on Friday, we can be satisfied with this one championship point. There were no technical problems at all in the race. Congratulations to Michael Schumacher and Ferrari for a very convincing victory.

Willy Rampf (Technical Director Chassis):

"Both our drivers made excellent starts and made up places in the early stages. For our team it was a very exciting race because we were involved in battles for position the whole time. Both cars ran without even the smallest problem over the entire weekend, so the championship point is a well deserved reward."

Jacques Villeneuve: 8th
Chassis: BMW Sauber F1.06-03
Engine: BMW P86
Fastest Lap: 1:34.037 min on lap 38 (12th fastest overall)

Nick Heidfeld: 10th
Chassis: BMW Sauber F1.06-05
Engine: BMW P86
Fastest Lap: 1:34.035 min on lap 47 (11th fastest overall)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Mario Theissen
Teams Ferrari , Sauber