BMW Firmly in Third

BMW driver Robert Kubica placed fourth in the Spanish GP.  A good showing that firmly cements BMW’s place as the third best team in F1 today. Nick Heidfeld could have had a better day. The right front lug nut was not on and tightened and later his gearbox failed.
“In the end it was most likely a gearbox problem that stopped me, but unfortunately my race was over much earlier after the problem during my first pit stop. For some reason the front right wheel was loose, we have to look at it how this happened. For the first 24 laps until this stop it looked superb for me. I drove a long first stint and my second stint would also have been a long one. On top of this Alonso was not very quick on the harder tyres in his second stint. I believe I had the chance to finish on the podium today.”

BMW chief Mario Theissen is happy and sad at the same time.

“We view the result with mixed emotions. Eight cars retiring was a lot today, and sadly we were among them – most likely it was a gearbox failure. But as disappointing as this is for us and for Nick, it was a positive result for Robert. He scored our fourth fourth place today, drove a very good race and our team is now established as the third strongest. At the end of the day the result is pleasing. “

Credit F1 Technical for the quote.