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BMW-Sauber Off to Great Start in F1 Opener

Racing | March 16th, 2008 by 0

BMW-Sauber has shown already that this season should be their best yet in Formula 1. With Robert Kubica qualifying in second place for today’s Australian …

Nick HeidfeldBMW-Sauber has shown already that this season should be their best yet in Formula 1. With Robert Kubica qualifying in second place for today’s Australian Grand Prix, and Nick Heidfeld rising from fifth position into second place to finish the race, while Robert was doing well until an unexpected accident forced him to retire. After some intense racing, a lot of crashes and some great competition Nick and Robert both proved that they with BMW can be winners. Kubica had some good pit stops, but that couldn’t help Williams driver Kazuki Nakajima bumping into him and taking him out of the race after 49 laps. Nakajima was handed a 10 place grid penalty for the following race in Malaysia. Heidfeld however had a perfect pit stop that got him out in from of someone who he had been trailing for most of the race, and just happened to have the same pit schedule, Nico Rosberg. That last stop and the surprise success of getting out in front made it a lot easier to hold on to the number two spot. It must be said that all of the guys raced great in Melbourne, Australia for the start of the 2008 season. I am sure after seeing some of the amazing talent on the track that this will be probably the most exciting Formula 1 season I’ve ever watched.

The top eight finishers for the first race, including points scored and constructors points scored as well are below.

Drivers Points:

1- Lewis Hamilton –McLaren-Mercedes 10

2- Nick Heidfeld –BMW-Sauber 8

3- Nico Rosberg –Williams-Toyota 6

4- Fernando Alonso –Renault 5  

5- Heikki Kovaleinen –McLaren-Mercedes 4

6- Kazuki Nakajima –Williams-Toyota 3

7- Sabastien Bourdais –Scuderia Toro Rosso 2

8- Kimi Räikkönen –Scuderia Ferrari 1 point

Constructors Points:

1) McLaren-Mercedes 14

2) Williams-Toyota 9

3) BMW-Sauber 8

4) Renault 5

5) STR-Ferrari 2 (STR=Scuderia Toro Rosso)

6) Ferrari 1

Article by Josh from RawAutos.com

Wonderful photo of Nick Heidfeld provided by itv

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