With the 2007 season now over, BMW Sauber can rightly look back at the season as their best yet.
Willi Rampf © XPB/LAT
Even as the independent Sauber team their best result in the constructors' championship was fourth back in 2001, coincidentally with Nick Heidfeld as part of the team. This year, their results placed them second - or, more realistically, third in the constructors, if you discount McLaren's penalty.
Backing up the teams' performance was the drivers consistently finishing firmly behind the runaway leaders at Ferrari and McLaren, and clear of the opposition.
Sauber were always a solid team, bringing results with reasonable budgets. Their takeover by BMW in June 2005 led to increased resources and greater integration with the engine supply. The power train (engine gearbox and electronics) development went under one roof in Munich, leaving the chassis side at their base in Hinwil, Switzerland.