BMW to push on with car development

BMW Sauber will keep pushing for the rest of the season to improve their current car, even though their championship hopes now appear all but over

Robert Kubica's hopes of a decent points haul in the Singapore Grand Prix were dashed when he was forced to pit under the first safety car period, earning him a 10-second stop-and-go penalty.

But despite the frustration of being caught out by the safety car rules again, and the fact Kubica now lies 20 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton with three races to go, the team are determined to keep fighting until the end.

The team's technical director Willy Rampf told "Robert has lost a bit of ground in the championship, but the pace in Singapore was not too bad under normal circumstances, and Robert for sure would have scored a good amount of points (were it not for the safety car incident).

"We will continue though. We will try to have at least small modifications and updates for the next races and hope to get closer to the top. We are not far away, not the team and not Robert as our leading driver."

Rampf said there was little his team could do to have avoided pitting under the safety car, as the caution period came exactly when Kubica needed to pit.

"I am very frustrated," he said. "Basically it destroyed Robert's race as he had to come in. With the safety car you cannot predict it, and it happens when it happens. One lap earlier or one lap later would have been fine. It was exactly, from the 61 laps, the wrong lap."

With the Singapore event drawing huge praise from the F1 community, Rampf has said he too was happy with how the inaugural race went - although thinks some modifications will need to be made for next year.

"I think with the lights, from a technical point of view, everything was perfect. What they have to work on for sure is the track itself. The pitlane entry and exit is something that has to be reworked, and the bumps are quite heavy.

"In some areas you can lose control of the car with the bumps and the kerbs, and the artificial kerbs bolted onto the track have to be modified. There is already a list that was discussed between the drivers, the team managers and the FIA.

"So for sure they will be working on them. It would be nice to have some more overtaking possibilities too, but that is difficult with the layout."

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