Theissen: Same goals, same focus

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This is an example of why I think Dr. Mario Theissen is the new king of the paddock.I have a tremendous amount of respect for this man and what he has achieved.  It’s all well and good to be an engine supplier in F1 but to buy a team and win a race in just two years is nothing short of fabulous!  He has to be admired and if I were Ron or Stephano; I might actually be very wary of this man.

BMW have done an outstanding job and I am delighted with their recent win and performance.  I hope they can take the title this year but as it stands, I know of two other teams that are equally dedicated and blindingly fast.  It is what F1 is all about and should make for a great show.  I think Dr. Theissen is stronger on many fronts than his competitors and BMW’s performance is a testament to not only that but to the entire BMW family for their hard work and dedication to the sport.  This from Autosport:

“Our target for the 2008 season was to turn the two-horse race at the top of the standings into a three-way battle and to win our first race,” said Theissen.

“Our one-two result in Montreal means we have achieved both goals after just seven races of the season. Clearly, we are not about to sit back and relax now. The whole team is hugely motivated and is looking to build on our success so far.

“However, that does not mean that we will be deviating from our course.

“The next goal is always the next race, and that is where our focus lies. For us it is all about using our strengths and ensuring that we are there to take advantage if our rivals make mistakes.

“With this attitude within the team, I think we have a good chance of exceeding expectations again this season.”

Although Kubica has downplayed his chances of winning the title, Theissen said it was no coincidence that the Polish driver was in the position he is in.

“Nobody who is at the top of the drivers’ championship after seven races is there by accident,” he added. “The team and drivers have been working their way gradually towards the top of the standings over two years.

“We certainly won’t be taking our foot off the gas now, but instead pushing forward at full power. We can talk about the results at the end of the season.”

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WonkyDave
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I’m not going to take any accomplishment away from BMW, but they did buy into an established team that, although not a front-runner, was at least respectable under Peter Sauber. Having less distance to go to build a successful team has definitely helped their cause.

Lucas S.
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It would be great if the red team lost some speed and McLian cracked under the strain of Lewis’ ego, and BMW could at least be in contention til the end of the season.

Lucas S.

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Just to build on Wonky’s comment… Would we even be talking about BMW at all if not for Lewis crashing into Kimi? For that reason, I don’t know that I buy all this BMW as the next big thing talk. Yes, both of their drivers have done well this year as is evidenced by their position in the constructors championship, but I don’t think that barring a race incident BMW can beat McLaren or Ferrari (with the exception of an oddly struggling Heikki…)

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I think Heikki is feeling a bit squashed by the Lewcentric approach of the team… his enthusiasm blitzed through it at the start of the year but it seems to be seeping in and I am getting an awful deja vu feeling….

Negative Camber
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BMW: they are not there yet but titles have been won before with pure consistency and not a bunch of race wins. By Daves criteria, Honda should be up there too but they’re not. I take nothing away from BMW.

Agreed on Kovy. He knew what he was getting in to though. He needs to rise above it and I think he can.

Beckett
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I agree, I take nothing at all away from BMW. They have been in position to capitalize on other people’s mistakes. Plenty of times over the past few years Renault were simply playing catchup to the Ferrari’s, then to have something obscure happen and they walk out with more points. Noone talks down upon their constructors titles. They had a very good starting point to work from buying Sauber’s team, but it takes alot of smart and dedicated people to take that working base and move forward, and bravo to the team and Dr. Mario for doing so. That said,… Read more »

Negative Camber
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Button didn’t have his car, team or grooming. Jenson is a fine driver and I think he would do well at Macca. Jenson also made some real gaffs that we all had fun with so I don’t think Lewis is immune to it. That being said; he’s a terrific talent and the UK should be proud of him. He just needs a PR assistant and a real manager in my opinion but that’s just opinion; it means very little in the whole scheme of things. Lewis will be fine. Just give him time. He needs to realize he needs time… Read more »

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FFC

Lewis is just more proof that 95% of Formula fans are never satisfied. If a guy struggles upon his debut (Piquet Jr.) they find that sufficient reason to call for his head immediately, and if he comes out guns blazing (Hamilton), they find that sufficient reason to call for his head immediately. Only when said people are no longer competing or dead are they remembered fondly by this crowd, which is why there are always comparisons of current drivers to people like Senna, Prost, Schumacher and so on. Because they’re stuck in the past, they can’t enjoy today’s racing, making… Read more »

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You should try being a Nick Heidfeld fan FFC; talk about not easy and calling for heads. Look at it this way: You are a fan of Lewis Hamilton. The hottest and most talented F1 Brit in a long while. I am a fan of a German guy who has never won a race and seems to have started to prepare his CV for a new job at the end of this season. I also happen to like Jenson Button quite a lot and that has me well over 200 grand prix and one win between the two drivers I… Read more »

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Actually, I don’t think of myself as a Lewis Hamilton fan at all and never have. I have no particular team I favor (though I dislike Ferrari immensely), and no favorite driver since Fernando disappointed me after leaving Renault in 2006. It’s just that if as a DRIVER one isn’t impressed by what Hamilton’s done in less than two years in competition, who on the grid does impress? People go on endless about Senna and Prost, but they’re not on the grid now, as I’ve said. Nico or whomever might be just as good in the McLaren, but they’re NOT… Read more »