Stability and growth are the watchwords for BMW this year. Although Dr Mario Thiessen very graciously pointed out that they weren’t really in second place last year (because McLaren had been excluded) he was clearly also trying to manage expectations. The team are not expected to be in second place by the end of this year. What they want is to stay in third and perhaps start winning some races.
Quick Nick Heidfeld was a revelation last year. He really does seem to be driving consistently and even seemed to out drive his much touted rookie teammate. There is a nagging doubt that Nick might not really be a superstar but as long as he’s beating Kubica he’s doing something right.
Robert Kubica managed to adapt to the Bridgestone tires just in time to have a massive crash. Perhaps the lack of traction control will be a factor between these drivers this year? There is a feeling that Kubica might well enjoy the lack of TC better. Either way he’s got to deliver on his promise this year.
Testing seems to have not gone as well as it could have. Perhaps there are problems. The main issue for BMW is that Renault, Williams, Red Bull and maybe even Toyota have perhaps
caught up to them.
Should be third but could be as low as fifth if they’re not careful.