Heidfeld targeting Alonso's fifth place
9 June 2011 – Nick Heidfeld and Renault believe that it will be possible to overhaul Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for fifth place in this year’s Drivers’ Championship. Heading into the Canadian Grand Prix, to which the Enstone outfit is taking a new rear wing for the first low-downforce race of 2011, the German sits 40 points behind the Spaniard.
“I think it’s quite a long distance, if you look at the points,” Heidfeld commented in Montreal on Thursday. “Nevertheless, that’s my target and I believe it’s the team’s target as well, to move forward. I think, right now, we’re not in the strongest position but, on the positive side, I still managed to score points (in Monaco).
“I know we have learned and understood a lot about the car over the last couple of weeks and there are developments coming; it won’t all be in one go here this weekend, but I know that we will move forward and hopefully be quicker than the others.”
To date, Heidfeld’s best Canadian Grand Prix finish is second for BMW, finishing behind first-time winners Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Also on Thursday:
Boullier expecting Renault improvement in Canada