Well, in our February preview we said this F1
season could prove to be the closest for many years and with the
first 3 fly away races in the bag and just a couple of weeks before
the stat of the European season we have 3 drivers sharing the No1
spot , one of them, remarkably, the young Lewis Hamilton.
Already in the record books, Lewis Hamilton has
scored podiums in his first 3 races embarrassing some more
established drivers by vying for pole on all 3 occasions. Surely,
it can’t be long before he takes the top spot for the first
Has team mate Alonso resented Lewis’s successes,
no apparently not they seem good friends and supportive but all
does not seem so harmonious chez Ferrari where Kimi seems less
happy about the 2007 and even less about Massa’s sudden new turn of
All 3 races, Melbourne, Malaysia and Bahrein,
have been competitive with lots of duelling especially in the
midfield and it has become clear that Renault is not quite yet on
the pace this season whereas the main protagonists, McLaren and
Ferrari are pretty evenly matched with Alonso, Kimi and Massa all
taking wins and podiums so far.
The aerodynamics changes do seem to have allowed
for more overtaking with more slipstreaming than we have seen in
recent years with lots of late braking into medium corners
The other major change to just 1 tyre -
Bridgestone – has proved more traumatic for some teams than others,
some teams seem to have adapted to the new tyres and the new
strategies afforded by the need to use two grades of tyre in each
race, others are still well off the pace.
The Williams effort seems to have been rather
muted both drivers driving their socks off but the car not yet
quite there and the much vaunted Newey Red Bull has been a great
disappointment to all so far. Even More depressing has been the
awful season start by Honda, unreliable, slow and Button hanging
grimly onto the corporate line that it will get better.
On the rise has been the BMW challenge – see
separate interview with Mario Theissen - with Heidfeld having
a great start to the season 5th in the championship.
So with the European season should come more car
development packages and the battles will get even closer. Looks
like were in for a classic season.
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen says "We
have established ourselves firmly as the third-strongest team on
The BMW Sauber F1 Team has made a successful
start to the 2007 World Championship. Nick
Heidfeld has recorded three fourth places and
Robert Kubica a sixth-position finish to put the
team on 18 points and leave them lying third in the constructors'
standings. BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen
looks back on the season so far.
How would you rate the team's progress after
Theissen: "For this season
we set ourselves the goal of halving our gap to the leading cars
once again, having made a similar improvement last year. We have
hit this target in the first three races of the season, and in
Bahrain we narrowed the margin even further. We have established
ourselves firmly as the third-strongest team on the grid, exceeding
our expectations. I'm particularly pleased that the gap to the
teams in front is smaller than our advantage over the cars behind.
We've made it into Q3 with something to spare at each GP, and the
18 World Championship points we've collected in the three races is
already equal to half our total for the whole of 2006. So, all in
all things are looking very positive at this point."
Do you think the team will soon be celebrating
its maiden victory?
Theissen: "We made an
excellent start to the season, but we need to remain realistic. As
things stand, there is still a gap between us and Ferrari and
McLaren. Nick's overtaking move on Fernando Alonso in a straight
fight during the Bahrain GP was a great moment, and it has
surprised us slightly as well that we've been able to put the
favourites under this kind of pressure so soon. Needless to say, we
will not be resting on our laurels, but it is important to take one
step at a time. Our primary aim is to secure some podium finishes,
but winning our first race is next on the list."