Following this past weekends race in Fuji, Japan, the BMW Sauber F1 Team is third in the Constructors’ Championship, 13 points behind leader Ferrari.
In Fuji, the team claimed its eleventh podium of the 2008 season, with Robert Kubica finishing second. It was Kubica’s seventh podium finish and his third second place. Nick Heidfeld finished tenth.
“It’s a great result for the whole team at a time when it is not easy. We have been struggling a little bit recently and we were under pressure from some teams, so this second place is a real boost for our morale. Now we have nothing to lose, but everything is possible,” said Kubica.
But Shanghai is next, just one week following the race in Fuji. China has been a stop for Formula One since 2004. The Shanghai circuit is located outside the city, built on reclaimed marshland.
The track layout is based on the Chinese character “Shang”, which translates as “high” or “above”. The circuit designers brought a local flair with huge pit buildings and grandstands emulating traditional Chinese design features.
Because of the ongoing land reclamation, Shanghai is growing steadily. Shanghai lies on the Yangtze Delta where the river drains into the East China Sea.
BMW has its work cut out for it. The Formula One Constructors’ Championship is a tough title to achieve, especially when up against the likes of Ferrari and Renault. This weekend should be very telling whether or not they can grab it this season.
Written by Andrew, Guest Contributor, Ridestory.com