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GP Week : Issue 70
THE BMW-Sauber team nished its Formula 1 journey with a strong fth place at the hand of Nick Heidfeld. The German admitted the last few laps had been very emotional as both he and the team remain uncertain as to whether they will be on the grid in 2010. "I am very happy with my fifth place," he said after the race. "It was a good race in which I was able to get the maximum out of the car and score four points, which was enough to reach our target for the end of the season to overtake Williams in the Constructors' Championship. "After I have been a little unlucky in recent races, this time I was really able to exploit the car's potential. For quite a long period I was able to go at the same speed as the World Champion's car, the Brawn. The strategy to go for a rather long stint paid off and the track was even more fun when it had more rubber on it. "It is a pleasing end to our last season together. It now becomes very emotional. During the last laps I had to pull myself together in order to keep my concentration." Heidfeld, who spent seven years with the Sauber and BMW teams has been promised one of his F1 cars from the era as a "thank you" from tem chief Peter Sauber. Despite the team finding a buyer in the Qadbak outfit, it still does not have a confirmed place on the 2010 grid. At the moment it is on stand- by in case one of the new teams fails to make it to the grid, although there are moves to try and amend the Concorde Agreement to allow a 14th team to take part in F1 next year. BMW-Sauber bows out with points SEBASTIAN Vettel has spoken of his delight in wrapping up second position in the World Championship with a win at the rst day-night F1 race at Abu Dhabi. The German scored his fourth win of the season and his second in three races with a peerless performance in Abu Dhabi, and expressed his pride in the job that both he and the team had done in 2009. "I am very proud," he said. "After Brazil coming here we knew that we had a very, very strong package and the priority for myself was to secure second in the drivers' championship and we succeeded. To do it with the victory is the best possible result. I am very, very happy. It was a fantastic race." Vettel said that he would learn much from his season, but that he had no regrets over the manner in which the championship had panned out. "We can't change yesterday, we can change tomorrow. The key now is obviously, looking back, five races where we didn't finish. Sometimes we should have brought some points back home and we didn't, so we need to understand why that was and as I say, change tomorrow, obviously learn, learn a lesson and try to come back stronger for next year. "Overall, I think the circumstances sometimes weren't easy to accept. Sometimes that happens, sometimes it's just not supposed to be. Sometimes little mistakes happen from whoever's side. I'm not here to blame anyone in particular. Nevertheless, I think it was a very, very strong season. If anything, I think Mark and myself and the whole team got very, very strong towards the end, we have won the last three races as a team. I think we have learned already, but there is still a lot we can improve for the future, and hopefully we will do so and come back stronger next year." Vettel: We'll be stronger in '10 28