BMW Claim Maiden 1,2 Finish in Canada!

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Robert Kubica

A culmination of hard work, realistic expectations, attrition, prefect pit stops, impeccable strategy and terrific driving saw BMW have claim their first win since purchasing the Sauber team and entering the Formula 1 Championship in 2005.Robert Kubica took the win with teammate Nick Heidfeld in second place after a pit lane incident between Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen removed both drivers from the race. Robert had pitted at the same time as Kimi and Lewis while Nick Heidfeld remained on track during the safety car period. The incident happened literally in front of Robert’s eyes as Lewis Hamilton failed to see the red light halting the cars at pit exit. Lewis promptly drove into the back of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari leaving both cars too damaged to continue. It seemed as if Nick Heidfeld may have a chance of winning the race as he clawed a 27 second gap between he and Robert. BMW changed Nick’s strategy to a one-stop sequence. Nick regained the lead after his pit stop but with heavy fuel and cold tires; he couldn’t hold Robert back. Robert returned the favor by clawing out a 25 second gap to retain the lead after his second stop to take the win. David Coulthard rounded off the podium for Red Bull Racing.

All of this occurred due to a mechanical problem with Adrian Sutil’s Force India car. Adrian’s car stopped on track prompting the safety car that ultimately created the mass pit scenario that saw Lewis’s gaffe. Robert Kubica had a horrific crash at the Canadian Grand Prix last year and perhaps this year is justice for the Polish driver. I must say it was very exciting to hear the Polish National Anthem played for the first time ever in Formula 1. BMW have systematically arrived under the expert leadership of Dr. Mario Theissen surpassing other teams who spend more and have been in longer than BMW. A huge result today as Robert Kuica takes BMW’s maiden win, takes his first win, is the first win for a Polish driver and forges into the World Drivers Championship lead. What a day for BMW.

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
1.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  1h36:24.447
2.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +    16.495
3.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    23.352
4.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +    42.627
5.  Massa         Ferrari               (B)  +    43.934
6.  Trulli        Toyota                (B)  +    47.775
7.  Barrichello   Honda                 (B)  +    53.597
8.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    54.120
9.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    54.433
10.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    54.749
11.  Button        Honda                 (B)  +  1:07.540
12.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +  1:11.299
13.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +     1 lap

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:17.387

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                      On lap
Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   (B)    54
Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)    49
Alonso        Renault               (B)    47
Piquet        Renault               (B)    42
Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)    20
Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      (B)    20
Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   (B)    14

World Championship standings, round 7:

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
1.  Kubica        42        1.  Ferrari                73
2.  Hamilton      38        2.  BMW Sauber             70
3.  Massa         38        3.  McLaren-Mercedes       53
4.  Raikkonen     35        4.  Red Bull-Renault       21
5.  Heidfeld      28        5.  Toyota                 17
6.  Kovalainen    15        6.  Williams-Toyota        15
7.  Webber        15        7.  Renault                 9
8.  Trulli        12        8.  Honda                   8
9.  Alonso         9        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari      7
10.  Rosberg        8
11.  Nakajima       7
12.  Coulthard      6
13.  Vettel         5
14.  Barrichello    5
15.  Glock          5
16.  Button         3
17.  Bourdais       2
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