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A Good Start: Interview with Nick Heidfeld

BMW-Sauber were the only team other than Renault to finish the Australian Grand Prix with both their cars in the points, putting aside engine reliability gremlins from the first two rounds of the season. And had it not been for their issues with tyre temperature, Nick Heidfeld would have finished the Melbourne event on the podium after a superb drive that ended in fourth. Adam Cooper talked to the German about BMW's suprisingly good start as a constructor

There was much to think about once the dust had settled at the end of the Australian Grand Prix, but one of the most impressive performances in a race where some drivers excelled and others flunked out was that of Nick Heidfeld.

From ninth on the grid, the German made a steady start, and then stunned the opposition by staying out as everyone else made their first pitstop. When he finally came in on lap 25 (four after winner Fernando Alonso), he dropped only to fourth, and in a normal race Juan Pablo Montoya's subsequent retirement should have put him on the podium.

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