Experience and youtful spirit in F1.07 cockpit
Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica are the two GP drivers of the BMW Sauber F1 Team for the 2007 season. Last year, the duo already proved that they will capitalise on any opportunity to win World Championship points and podium positions if given the chance.
A real individualist off the race track and a professional team player in the pit lane and at the wheel: Nick succeeds in combining both of these elements of his personality and delivering top performances on the track. Aged 29 and with 117 Grand Prix races to his tally, the German is one of the most experienced drivers in Formula One. Even before he was five he was already using an engine-driven vechicle, a motorcross bike. Soon afterwards he began karting. In 1994, he moved to Formula racing, where he could demonstrate his talent on the international stage for the first time. He completed his first F1 test in 1997.
After debuting as GP driver for Alain Prost in 2000, Nick joined Peter Sauber one year later and entered his first season for the Swiss team. He managed to step onto the podium for the first time at the Brazilian Grand Prix 2001. After one year at Jordan in 2004, he became a regular driver for the BMW Williams F1 Team. In 2006, Nick competed for the BMW Sauber F1 Team in its maiden season and won most of the team's 36 World Championship points, as well as recording a podium result in Hungary.
Although just 22, Nick's team mate Robert can already look back on 18 years of motorsport experience. As a child, the Pole began racing in a four bhp-strong vehicle, which he steered through a course marked out by plastic bottles. By the age of ten, Robert was finally old enough to switch to karting. After three years without facing any serious competition in his home country, Robert packed his bags and moved to Italy. In 2001, following victories in the Italian Kart Championship and the prestigious Monaco Kart Cup, he moved into Formula racing.
In 2005, after winning the World Series by Renault, he was given the opportunity to test an F1 car for the first time. Three weeks later, the BMW Sauber F1 Team signed him as their test and reserve driver. At the start of the year, he not only impressed by recording several fastest lap times as the team's Friday driver, but he was also able to prove his talent in races starting with the Hungarian GP. In Italy, Robert recorded a sensational third place - one of the reasons why he now joins Nick Heidfeld as one of team's two regular drivers.
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