Heidfeld Claims First Podium For BMW, Calls For Track Changes

On the lately held Canadian Grand Prix, BMW Sauber got here in with a powerful maintain on the third spot within the constructor’s championship with an purpose to extend their lead over fourth place Renault. Nick Heidfeld gave the group simply that after taking the second place on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. His runner-up end matched his greatest profession Method One end.

Together with his second place end, he, together with Alexander Wurz who’s driving for Williams-Toyota, turned the primary drivers to realize a podium end other than McLaren and Ferrari’s drivers. The motive force mentioned that he was impressed how nicely they’ve carried out on the Canadian Grand Prix. “To begin with, I am shocked about how fast we had been in Canada in race situations,” he mentioned. “I feel I might have completed second anyway, overwhelmed in all probability one of many McLarens and each of the Ferraris.”

He gave BMW Sauber a stronger maintain on third place with 38 factors – 17 factors away from fourth place Renault. With the following race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Heidfeld is assured that they will carry out nicely on the circuit since it’s just like Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. “It’s true that the downforce degree in Indy is just like Canada, in all probability a bit extra – clearly then there are much more corners,” says the German driver.

“However (Indianapolis) is among the circuits the place I’ve at all times performed nicely. Aside from final yr, after I was flying a bit! I hope I’ll have higher luck this yr.” Heidfeld is outwardly referring to his final race at america Grand Prix the place he was concerned in an accident which noticed his automotive flying by way of the air. The mentioned race took out seven vehicles in simply the opening lap. Heidfeld’s automotive was totaled after he took a triple barrel roll which noticed his automotive’s elements with even the BMW radiator flying by way of the air.

Heidfeld’s teammate met an analogous destiny at this yr’s Canadian Grand Prix. The Polish BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica suffered what’s so known as probably the most horrific excessive velocity crash in latest reminiscence. Thankfully although, the motive force solely suffered a minor concussion and a sprained ankle. Kubica’s automotive seems to be to have been at a worse situation than Heidfeld’s automotive final yr at america Grand Prix.

After the race, Heidfeld known as out for adjustments to be made on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to keep away from accidents sooner or later. “I do not know 100% however I feel the circuit was breaking unfastened, particularly in flip 10, and if that might be rectified for subsequent yr that may already be a giant step,” mentioned Heidfeld.

The German driver admitted that he didn’t know the situation of his teammate instantly after the accident. “It was troublesome to get some data,” he mentioned. “You simply noticed the automotive on the facet with nothing left. I used to be joyful to listen to that Robert is okay.”

In the meantime the primary Polish Method One driver mentioned that he’s trying to take part on the upcoming United States Grand Prix. “As you see I am fairly in fine condition and I am hoping (to be) going to Indianapolis if the medical doctors will say OK for my driving,” says the rising Method One star after he was launched from Montreal’s Sacre-Coeur Hospital lower than 24 hours after the accident.

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