Theissen hoping to be competitive in Europe
3 May 2009 – The BMW Sauber team has had a disappointing start to the season, with just one podium result for Nick Heidfeld and sixth in the constructors' championship after four races. A large update for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, however, should help close the gap to the front runners.
"The Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona signals the start of the European season after four races overseas - traditionally this represents something of a second start to the season," BMW team boss Mario Theissen said. "For the BMW Sauber Team this applies more so than usual this year, as we cannot be satisfied at all with the first four races of the season. After our positive winter testing, all of us at BMW envisaged a rather different start to the season. The car is not fast enough and we have recorded only one podium finish, with Nick's second place in Malaysia.
"We are approaching this challenge in a positive way and are working intensively in Munich and Hinwil to get back to our old form. We will be lining up in Barcelona with an extensive aerodynamics-focused development package, and are already working on further upgrades to be introduced later on in the season."