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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WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Good for Kckbka! The only problem I had with his win is that Speed’s Varsha and Hobbs can’t decide how to pronounce Robert’s last name, so every time they mentioned him, US fans got one of approximately 12 pronunciations.

Actually, part of me was hoping for Nick to finish first. Robert will have many more chances at the top step. Nick’s opportunities may be running out.

Either way, der Bundes boys will painting Montreal red tonight!

Negative Camber
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Or BMW blue as it were. :) and yes, I am the only one who got the “Kckbka” :)

dumpsterdiver
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dumpsterdiver

As a BMW fan, I could not have wished for a better day. Except if nick had won; but Robert was just way too fast all day. Good to see DC do well too. Did anyone see Dr. Mario’s face when he was on podium? He was so happy, he looked like he was a proud new poppa.

Jim
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Jim

Great day for BMW let’s not forget DC finishing third. We all have Lewis Hamilton to thank for the excitement of the race. Without him driving like a clown it would have been just another race.

onthepodium
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onthepodium

definitely robert’s day. smart run by both him and the team. he certainly deserves it. and how sweet is it that he wins the race he crashed so bad on last year. lewis’ lack of attention opened up the possibility for robert in a big way, but hey, that’s racing.

watching fernando attempt to pass nick was really exciting too. he was seriously giving it his all. and there was that great pass by massa that took him from sixth to fourth. overall, a great race to watch. hopefully robby is chillin with a major polish vodka rig!

cmac
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cmac

As a loyal BMW fan, it almost brought tears to my eyes. One of the anouncers at the end of the race…”well done, well done”

onthepodium
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onthepodium

oh ya, forgot to mention how odd it was seeing DC up there. last time i remember that he was wearing the silver and black of mclaren! of course the lame-ass american coverage on FOX cut the press conference short, so didn’t get a chance to hear him, but glad the old dog got on the podium. probably the last time in his career. i read somewhere he may be going to TV commentary next year.

Negative Camber
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Welcome CMAC. Steve Matchett said that and coming from Steve; that’s very high praise. I did see Dr. Mario and I think this guy is absolutely fabulous. What he has done with that team and those drivers is nothing short of astounding. great job BMW.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

DC ran a very smart race, caught several lucky breaks and was rewarded with a podium. However, why do I get the horrible feeling that this race will convince him to come back for another year? Although I’ve been fairly ruthless towards DC this year because of his not-so-intelligent moves on and off the track, I admire his career successes and longevity. That being said, I hope DC follows in the path of old cowboy movie stars and rides off into the sunset after this year.

Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

I think this is the part where i say WOOOHOOO!

Lucas S.

Srehman
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Srehman

A solid drive from both BMW drivers– in particular, Kubica looked threatening towards the early part of the race and just sublime once he sniffed the victory. BMW’s sheer professionalism won the day. As for the Kimi-Lewis “incident”, if we can call it that, how can I blame Lewis? He’s perfect. It *must* be Kimi’s fault for not allowing him to pass and stop beside Kubica– at least that’s how PF1 is spinning it. *mutters curse words* I feel the 10-spot penalty is perhaps not harsh enough. Sure, he was out of the race, but the penalty for ignoring the… Read more »

Srehman
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Srehman

Oh, and was I the only one MASSIVELY annoyed by the numerous ad breaks that Fox was going to?