In the closing stages of the Hungarian GP, Nick Heidfeld and two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso were involved in another thrilling battle. In the end, the German succeeded in keeping the pressurising Spaniard behind, to secure a well-deserved third place. Nick describes the final laps of the race.
In the closing stages of the 2007 Hungarian GP, Nick was pressured by reigning World Champion Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard gave his very best in order to pass Nick and steal his podium finish. "He was pushing really hard," says Heidfeld, "And of course, his pace was slightly quicker than mine. However, overtaking is very difficult here in Hungary. When I rejoined the race following my final pit stop he was a few seconds behind. Once he closed in he tried really hard for a number of laps to pass me. Then he backed off, but in the final two laps he made another effort. However, I managed to keep him behind."
Previously, in the Bahrain and French GPs, Nick and Alonso battled it out with one another. And, as was the case in Hungary, the BMW Sauber F1 Team driver prevailed in these battles also.
By defeating the Spaniard and finishing third in the 70-lap race, Nick massively contributed to the best team result in the BMW Sauber F1 Team's still short history. In truth however, the German is of the opinion that the team couldn't have done much better. "This was the maximum result available for us, today," said the father of two. "Of course, I would have loved to stay ahead of Kimi but we had to start from the dirty side of the grid. And to be honest we hadn't a chance of keeping him behind us anyway."Source BMW Sauber