BMW Sauber F1 Team - Brazilian Grand Prix - Preview
BMW Sauber F1 Team - Brazilian Grand Prix - Preview
Brazilian Grand Prix. 19th -21st October 2007
17th World Championship race - the final
While attention will largely be trained on the three-way battle for the drivers' crown in the Formula One World Championship, the BMW Sauber F1 Team has had its championship runner-up position safely wrapped up well before the final in Brazil.
After the technical gremlins that wreaked havoc during the last three grand prix weekends, the team now hopes to cap its successful second season with a strong closing performance.
"For me, the circuit in São Paulo is one of the best of all. It is challenging - both in terms of driving skill and physically. It's an anti-clockwise track and the straight is actually a long sweeping curve that puts your neck muscles under real strain. Then there's the bumpy surface. The best sections come after turn three.
Turn five, which is an uphill double right-hander, is one of my favourites. I took my first podium finish in Interlagos in 2001 after coming third. That's something you never forget."
"Of course we are looking forward to Brazil. We will try our best, and then everything we do once we get back to Europe will be new as we will be working for next year. The track itself is very bumpy and quite tricky.
There is a big uphill section after the last corner where last year we were losing a lot of speed, especially in the race, so I hope we can do better this year. Though the 2006 race was not bad, I only finished ninth, and this year I want to score points in the season's finale."
Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director:
"As in previous years, Brazil will again be hosting the final round. The winner of the title was decided in the final race there in 2006. Likewise, this year we won't know who the champion is until the Interlagos event. With three candidates vying for the laurels, fans can look forward to a gripping finale.
The circuit is very varied, as indeed is the weather. Engine performance is key on the start/finish straight, which is not only long but also on an incline. This uphill section also makes for an exciting race start. One salient feature of the venue is the altitude of São Paulo: due to the thinner air here, engine power is curtailed by around eight percent compared with driving at sea level.
For the BMW Sauber F1 Team this has been a successful season. We can be proud of what we have achieved, both in terms of our development work over the winter and the pace of development during the season. In our two start-up years we have reached our target each time. In 2007 we started out from fifth place in the World Championship - with 36 championship points earned in our debut season.
Fourth place with a clear points increase was a firm commitment, third place an option. It was very gratifying to be able to see ourselves as the third-strongest team right from the start and to shore up that position in virtually every race. An administrative decision even handed us second place on a plate, but that really doesn't mean anything to us as we know there are still four cars that are faster than ours. Our aim is to beat them out on the race track."
Willy Rampf, Technical Director:
"The most crucial sector at Interlagos is the middle one where there's one turn after another. It calls for plenty of downforce, good traction and balance. Maximum speed is key in the first and third sectors, with the uphill section of the start/finish straight demanding substantial engine output.
One feature at Interlagos that should not be underrated is the track surface. Even though it has undergone several improvements, the circuit still makes for quite a bumpy ride. That has to be taken into consideration for the mechanical set-up.
After two rather mixed-bag grands prix, we want to pull out all the stops again for our last race and see out a very successful season on a positive note."
Following the exclusion of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team from the Constructors' World Championship, the BMW Sauber F1 Team is in second place in the standings on 94 points after 16 of 17 World Championship races.
History and background:
Formula One has been hosted by Brazil since 1973, and 2007 marks the country's 35th Grand Prix. The debut event was held in Interlagos, with the track still covering 7.96 kilometres at the time and located outside the city limits. The most densely populated metropolis in the southern hemisphere has long since mushroomed right up to the outskirts of the race track.
In 1978 the Brazilian GP was held at the Jacarepagua circuit near Rio de Janeiro for the first time, where it was hosted ten times in all. Since 1990 Formula One has been staged on the much shortened Interlagos race track, which has undergone a series of minor upgrades.
The city of São Paulo, founded in 1554, is the capital of the southern Brazilian state that bears its name and that is the largest area of concentrated industry in Latin America. São Paulo is a financial and trading hub as well as a huge, sprawling metropolis. Its population is currently estimated at 11 million. Extreme social divides, widespread poverty and rising crime figures ensure that the city is never far from the headlines.
São Paulo lies 750 metres above sea level and the circuit just beyond it has an elevation of around 800 metres. The thin air at this altitude means all Formula One engines forfeit around eight percent of their potential power.
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So, congratulations are in order Kazuki! You must be very excited about driving in Brazil?
I’m really excited, and I have to say many thanks to the team for giving me this opportunity. Now, I’m just really looking forward to getting to Brazil and making the most of it.
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Sunday, 22 October 2006
TONIGHT'S PARTY TACTICS FOR GIRLS
DAVID COULTHARD, (Finish Position DNF, Start Position: 19th)
"I had a gearbox problem. Initially I thought it was the clutch, as it started to slip coming out of Turn three, bu weiter >>
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Scott Speed: "A decent race, we were a lot more competitive than we thought we were going to be. I was surp weiter >>
Brazil, Sunday 22nd October 2006
Kimi Raikkonen, MP4-21 05 Pedro de la Rosa, MP4-21 04 T-car (Kimi), MP4-21 07 Spare car, MP4-21 06
Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Pedro de la Rosa finished today's 71-lap Brazilian Grand Prix in fifth and eighth place resp weiter >>
Wetter: trocken, sonnig, 23-25°C Luft, 34-46°C Asphalt
Interlagos (BRA). Das BMW Sauber F1 Team freut sich über den fünften Platz in der Konstrukteurs-Weltmeisterschaft, den das Team im Finale seiner ersten Saison in São Paulo unter Dach und Fach brachte. Beim Großen Preis weiter >>
SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2006
Interlagos, (BRA) 4.309km / 2.677miles71 laps = 305.909kms / 190.067 milesDry and sunny with scattered cloudair 22-25°C, track 30-46°C
1 F Massa Ferrari (B) 1 1:12.877, lap 23
2 F Alonso Renault F1 (M) 4 1:12.961, lap 70
Sunday 22 October 2006
Panasonic Toyota Racing suffered a desperately disappointing end to the 2006 season after both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli retired from promising positions in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Both drivers made strong starts, with Jarno winn weiter >>
Weather Warm and sunnyAir: 22-24°C | Track: 30-45°C
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1 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 71 Winner 1 10
2 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 71 +18.6 secs 4 8
3 12 Jenson Button Honda 71 +19.3 secs 14 6
4 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +24.0 secs 10 5
5 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 71 +28.5 secs 2 4
Recent wet and overcast conditions at the Interlagos circuit cleared today for a warm and sunny Saturday track programme. Spyker MF1 Team failed to match the brighter outlook as they experienced a problematic qualifying session.
Having enjoyed some promising performance so far this weekend Tiago Monteiro was expecting a strong grid position. Unfortunately he spun early i weiter >>
Weather: Dry, mostly sunny, 21°C Air, 32-37°C Track
Interlagos (BRA). In the18th and final qualifying session of the season both BMW Sauber F1.06 made it into the top ten for the seventh time. Nick Heidfeld made it into the top ten for the tenth time in total and the fifth in a row. Robert Kubica has now managed this in five out if his six qualifyings. For the Brazilian weiter >>
Interlagos, Brazil, Saturday 21st October 2006
Kimi Raikkonen, MP4-21 05 Pedro de la Rosa, MP4-21 04 T-car (Kimi), MP4-21 07
Spare car, MP4-21 06
Team McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid having qualified second with a lap time of 1:11.299. Pedro de la Rosa wi weiter >>
Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying Round-Up
Saturday 21 October 2006
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Tonio Liuzzi: "Getting through to the second part of qualifying has always been difficult for us. This time I did it, despite a few problems with my traction control and weiter >>
SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2006
Interlagos, (BRA) 4.309km / 2.677milesDry with scattered clouds, air 21-22°C, track 29-37°C
1 F Massa Ferrari (B) - - 1:10.680 2 K Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) - -1:11.299 3 J Trulli Toyota (B)-- 1:11.32811 M Webber WilliamsF1 (B) 1:11.973 (7th) 1.11.650-13 N Rosberg WilliamsF1 (B) 1.11.974 (8th) 1.11.679 weiter >>
Saturday, 21 October 2006
Let us help you boys plan your Sunday night party moves at the Morumbi Stadium...
DAVID COULTHARD, Position 19th
"The balance of the car was the same as it had been this morning - and wasn't very good. On this type of track you need entrance stability in order to carry speed into the turns and I just haven't been able to fi weiter >>
1 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:10.643 1:10.775 1:10.680
2 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.035 1:11.386 1:11.299
3 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:11.885 1:11.343 1:11.328
4 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:11.791 1:11.148 1:11.567
5 11 Rubens Barrichello Ho weiter >>
1 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:11.443
2 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:11.631
3 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:12.306
4 17 Robert Kubica Sauber-BMW 1:12.535
5 2 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:12.567
6 11 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:12.697
7 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:12.721
Friday 20th October 2006
Tiago Monteiro (POR)- Chassis: M16-03, Car #18First timed session: NO TIME, 1 Lap completedSecond timed session: 15th, 1:14.468, +1.921, 18 Laps completed
Quote: "I think today was a good perform weiter >>
Interlagos, Brazil, Friday 20th October 2006
Kimi Raikkonen, MP4-21 05 Pedro de la Rosa, MP4-21 04 T-car (Kimi), MP4-21 07 Spare car, MP4-21 06
Team McLaren Mercedes drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Pedro de la Rosa set the ninth and 11th fastest times respectively in the se weiter >>
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 2006
Interlagos, (BRA) 4.309km / 2.677milesDry but overcast, air 20-230C, track 26-380CDry but overcast, air 20-210C, track 29-310C
A Wurz FW28 04 CA2006/13 1:13.922 (3rd) 25 laps 1:12.547 (1st) 33 laps
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Weather: Dry, sun and clouds, 20-21°C Air, 27-30°C Track
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DAVID COULTHARD, 1st Practice P-, 2nd Practice P24 "A normal Friday practice. Nothing to report."
ROBERT DOORNBOS, 1st Practice P-, 2nd Practice P28
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Friday 20 October 2006
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1 35 Alexander Wurz Williams-Cosworth 1:12.547
2 36 Anthony Davidson Honda 1:12.653
3 38 Sebastian Vettel Sauber-BMW 1:12.870
4 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:13.483
5 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:13.485
6 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:13.713
7 7 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:13.765
1 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.764
2 36 Anthony Davidson Honda 1:13.902
3 35 Alexander Wurz Williams-Cosworth 1:13.922
4 38 Sebastian Vettel Sauber-BMW 1:14.204
5 4 Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.237
6 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:14.487
7 8 Jarno Trulli Toyot weiter >>
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SAO LONG 2006
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1. Juan Pablo Montoya COL McLaren-Mercedes 29:20.574
2. Kimi Raikkonen FIN McLaren-Mercedes 2.527
3. Fernando Alonso E Renault 24.840
4. Michael Schumacher D Ferrari 35.668
5. Giancarlo Fisichella I Renault 40.218
6. Rubens Barrichello BR Ferrari 1:09.173
7. Jenson Button GB BAR-Honda -1 lap
8. Ralf Schumacher D Toyot weiter >>