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GP Week : Issue 1
TONIO SAYS: Maybe I’m wrong, because in testing you never know, but to me they don’t seem as competitive as last year. In testing you can do what you want and test what you need to understand, but from the look of it, from the laptime results and the long runs that they did, they don’t seem to be as close to Ferrari and McLaren as last year. I think Robert has always shown he is strong and fast. For sure there will be some ups and downs ahead but he has great potential. Nick is an experienced driver and like Coulthard he can always bring points. BMW – Sauber F1 Team Nick Heidfeld (GER) / Robert Kubica (POL) penalty for making a mistake is much higher. It’s the drivers who can drive on the edge and who can handle a car on the edge that will make the difference. As for qualifying, I think at the end of the day the fastest car will always be there but I think that with new tyres and low fuel the car is much more drivable, so we won’t see as many mistakes as we will in the race. For sure what will be a big impact for the drivers is that if you try to push harder you can make mistakes much easier, so that could impact qualifying. We will see who can keep his mind more relaxed and focussed and that, for sure, will be crucial. The new rules mean we are going to see a lot more action in 2007. It’s going to be a great season. Tonio is expecting driving in the wet, above, to become more difficult without TC and, as a result, he expects more mistakes, like Lewis Hamilton’s testing off, below. F1 PREVIEW >> 21