Bmw Saubers Kubica Takes Fourth Again

By: Anthony Fontanelle

Following his horrific crash at the Canadian Grand Prix, BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica showed that he is not afraid to battle it out with other drivers in the tracks again. Surviving a 75-G impact, the Polish Formula One driver only suffered a minor concussion and a sprained ankle. Less than 24 hours after his accident, the Pole was released from the hospital but was not cleared for the United States Grand Prix.

But in his comeback race, the Pole showed that he had not lost his competitive edge by taking fourth place at the French Grand Prix. On Sunday, Kubica showed once again that the accident did not affect his game. In fact, the accident may have given the Pole the confidence and spark that he needs.

At the British Grand Prix, Kubica took fourth place again as he fended off the advances of Ferrari's Felipe Massa. In spite of having to start from the third row on the grid after he qualified fifth, Kubica managed to get past Massa and defend the fourth place until he crossed the chequered flag.

Kubica is of course thrilled with his contest with Massa. "I am very happy. I found myself in front of Felipe Massa, but this race was not as easy as in Magny-Cours as I had to keep him behind me for the last 13 laps," he said. "Being behind here is tough as Felipe lost a lot of downforce, although he was quicker when he was alone on the track."

"He had a harder job than me as I just had to control the situation, not push too much, not make any mistakes and I was pretty sure I would hold him. In the middle of the race it was quite easy for me, but as soon as I heard over the radio that Felipe was closing the gap I tried to push."

The Polish Formula One driver added that: "I did everything to get the maximum from the car and from me. We are happy to finish fourth, the car felt good and now we have to maximize our potential. Fourth second time in a row and ten points from this isn't bad."

Meanwhile, teammate Nick Heidfeld finished sixth to give BMW Sauber an additional three points. The team now with their F1.07 car with its parts as reliable as BMW 320i parts has strengthened their lead over Renault. BMW Sauber is currently third in the constructors' championship standing with 56 points while Renault is fourth with 31 points.

The next race will be at NÃ?rburgring, Germany where BMW Sauber is expected to receive much support. BMW Sauber's team boss Mario Theissen has this to say in closing: "Having collected nine points a week ago in Magny-Cours, again we scored eight important championship points and strengthened our third place in the constructors' battle. The pit stops, which were crucial to our race strategy, played an important part in this success. Performing this way we are well prepared for our home race at the NÃ?rburgring in two weeks."

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