Macau: BMW interview with Mario Theissen

"Anything can happen in Macau." Although the Formula 1 World Championship finished three days ago in Brazil, the 2007 motorsport season continues with some gripping races on the schedule. The deciding event in the FIA World Touring ...

"Anything can happen in Macau."

Although the Formula 1 World Championship finished three days ago in Brazil, the 2007 motorsport season continues with some gripping races on the schedule. The deciding event in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) takes place on 18th November at the Guia Circuit in Macau.

Mr Theissen, are you looking forward to another thrilling final in Macau?

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen: "The atmosphere at the final is always very special. It was the same last weekend in Brazil, where we completed our second highly successful year with the BMW Sauber F1 Team. And now I am indeed looking forward to following the two deciding races of the World Touring Car Championship live in Macau. The great thing is that we are in with a chance of winning titles in both the Drivers' and the Constructors' Championships."

How would you rate BMW's chances of scoring a hattrick?

Theissen: "Six drivers still have a chance of winning the drivers' championship. Three of them are at the wheel of a BMW 320si WTCC. In the manufacturers' standings we are ten points ahead of our closest rivals. So in terms of our starting position, things could definitely be worse. But I also realise that in Macau anything can happen. It is a street circuit where accidents and pile-ups are not uncommon, so whoever manages to keep out of trouble will end the race up front. And of course a lot of it is down to luck."

Which BMW driver would you say stands the best chance?

Theissen: "Theoretically Andy Priaulx is in the best position, of course. He is currently leading the drivers' standings and might manage his third championship by himself without help from others retiring. But Augusto Farfus is ten points behind Priaulx, and Jorg Muller is 15 points short of the lead having an outside chance of winning. But as I said: anything is possible in Macau."

How important is the Manufacturers' Championship to BMW?

Theissen: "For BMW, the Manufacturers' Championship is top priority. In 2005 and 2006 we fielded the best cars - the BMW 320i and the BMW 320si WTCC. This season our main aim is to prove that we can do the same again. In any case, Macau promises to be a thrilling event and I am really looking forward to it."

-credit: bmw.de

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Series WTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Jorg Muller , Augusto Farfus , Mario Theissen
Teams Sauber