Theissen: Heidfeld Worth Every Dollar

BMW motorsport boss Mario Theissen has praised Nick Heidfeld after the German driver scored his second consecutive podium finish

Theissen: Heidfeld Worth Every Dollar

"He is apparently worth every dollar he earns," said Theissen after Heidfeld finished in second place at the European Grand Prix.

The Williams driver had also come in second place at the Monaco Grand Prix and started today's race from pole position for the first time in his Formula One career.

"Again, he had a flawless race, very good, the right strategy with three stop, it was on paper equal to a two stop and he said 'I want to go for it' and it turned out to be the right one," added Theissen.

"He had a free race almost the whole time, he got stuck just before his final stop he went up onto Kimi so that was put forward a bit but apart from that it was a perfect race.

"He achieved the optimum result, we were lucky, but it was an important podium again."

Heidfeld is fourth in the drivers' standings, two points behind Kimi Raikkonen and Jarno Trulli.

His teammate Mark Webber retired from the race at the first corner after being involved in an incident Theissen believed was avoidable.

"I didn't speak to him but on television it looked to me as if he could have turned in earlier," Theissen said. "Maybe he tried and he was just late on the brakes, but there was room to turn in earlier and that could have avoided the collision."

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