FORMULA ONE

BMW plays up ambitions with brand new car

German team BMW has unveiled its latest car, the F1.09, designed to compete in the coming season. BMW is aiming to reach third place in the constructor's ranking, an ambition shared by the team's drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld.

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Reuters - Snooker, poker and bowling are all weapons in Robert Kubica's armoury as he girds himself for the noise and fury of a full-on Formula One title battle this season.

The lanky Pole, who briefly led the championship last year after giving his BMW-Sauber team a first win in Canada, believes they offer him just what he needs to recharge his batteries.

"They don't compare with Formula One at all," he said in a team interview before the launch of the new F1.09 car in Valencia. That's why I like them. In my job I spend a lot of time with a lot of action, high speed and noise. By contrast, poker and bowling are quite steady," added the Krakow driver, who once listed snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan as his sporting hero.


"You don't have to put in too much effort."Especially when I am bowling, I can completely switch off my brain and relax. During the winter break I took part in some tournaments. I have some friends who play at a very high level in Europe, I really enjoy playing with them."

Kubica, the first Polish driver in Formula One, was a contender for much of last season and his rivals know that he means business providing BMW can maintain the pace of development.

 

 

"I joined in 2006 when the team was completely new and during 2006 and 2007 we have improved a lot," he told reporters after giving the new car its track debut.

"I think we have kept up the pace with the top teams on development. Last year we got lost I think some times," he added.

The development was not delivering the results we were expecting. We were bringing new parts and they were not giving any benefit to the performance of the car."

Kubica ended last season fourth overall, notching up three second places in addition to his win and grabbing the team's first pole position.

"Last year we saw that by working together we can achieve good results," he said. For the first half of the season we were title contenders...we will try to repeat the first half of the season and then finish it in a better way than last year."

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