BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen has said his team are heading to the Canadian Grand Prix full of 'optimism', despite failing to maintain their strong 2007 form in Monaco last weekend.
The team's decision to opt for a one-stop strategy left Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica too far down the order on the grid to challenge at the front, and meant that for the first time this season one of their drivers did not finish as best-of-the-rest behind McLaren and Ferrari.
But despite that performance, Theissen believes that the fast nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve should play to the strengths of the F1.07.
"Monaco has its own laws and its very own track characteristics. Montreal is a completely different matter," Theissen told his team's website.
"Our cars love to be let loose - and there are many long straights in Montreal. Therefore, we are entering that race with optimism."
BMW Sauber are now just six points short of the 36 total that they amassed throughout the entire 2006 season - something that has not gone unnoticed by Theissen.
"We have already collected 30 points - that is nearly as much as during the entire last season," he said after their haul of seven points from Monaco.