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GP Week : Issue 43
No panic for BMW BMW Sauber Team Manager Beat Zehnder says that his team is not as far off the pace as its disappointing run to the last two positions in the Bahrain Grand Prix might suggest. Having scored their first pole at the circuit one year ago, the BMWs never looked like challenging at the front in the 2009 running of the race, although their ultimate result was influenced by the need for both drivers to have repairs made to their cars in the opening laps. “It is definitely a disappointing result, but we’re not that far from the ultimate pace,”said Zehnder, right. “It looks very bad obviously because we had to come in after the second lap with damaged front wings on both cars and in this competitive field if you’re last in the field then it’s virtually impossible to make up positions. As we’ve seen in Quali 1 and 2 the whole field is so close together that if you make a mistake or have to change your wing in the race, you’re out of the race.” With the rate of development at the top teams at a frantic pace, Zehnder confirmed that BMW would make a big development for the next race in Barcelona. “Yeah, we’ll have quite a different car in Barcelona,”he laughed. “We’re making up quite a bit [of time] but the others are developing as well. KERS is working I think and we’ve seen that KERS helps. Kimi [Raikkonen] overtook Glock only because of KERS so we’ll see.” Close, but not quite, for McLaren McLaren F1 CEO Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that Lewis Hamilton’s fourth position in the Bahrain Grand Prix has given his team reason to be cheerful, but admits that in comparison to the likes of BrawnGP, Red Bull and Toyota, McLaren is “not there yet.” Hamilton was able to keep up with podium finisher Jarno Trulli’s Toyota throughout the race, even when Trulli switched onto the softer option tyre in the last stint, something which surprised Whitmarsh. “I was quite pleasantly surprised. Trulli was on the option tyre, which at most times in this race looked like it was over a second lap quicker than the prime. I didn’t think [Toyota] were quite as strong as I expected them to be so it’s not a question of Lewis struggling. I think both drivers under most circumstances are finding the car quite well balanced but just not quick enough.” Whitmarsh said there was little the team would 28 have done differently in the race, despite coming so close to a podium. “I think we sensed the podium was on as well and it was a question of being close enough to Trulli. To be honest [Lewis] wasn’t having any trouble keeping up with Trulli and Vettel, and from the fuel timings we thought we’d have a couple of laps in hand over Trulli so there was a realistic opportunity to overtake Trulli. But he saved fuel and it wasn’t to be.” Whitmarsh praised his team and in particular Lewis Hamilton for the team’s best qualifying and race performance of the season so far, but admitted there was a lot of work to do yet before wins were a possibility. “Lewis has to take a fair amount of credit. I think he did a stonking job in qualifying but again we’re not there yet. We know we’re not. If we look back over the last six weeks we’ve got to be reasonably pleased with the progress we’ve made but looking forward we’re throwing everything at it that we can.”