April 29, 2007

BMW-Sauber F1 at the Ring, first report, photos and video

Now that a few days have passed since the event, and it's apparent many fans around the world were disappointed BMW did not "go for it" and try to improve on Stefan Bellof's mythical 6:11.
I believe it was a no win proposition for BMW: if they tried and failed or worse crashed it would have been terrible PR. If they tried and did set a new time, many might have said "so what, of course a modern F1 would trash an 80's Porsche...big deal" more bad PR. So, in the end, BMW did the smart thing, got a huge amount of interest worldwide and made fans happy.
For those wondering "what if..." the onboard footage in the short clip below where Heidfeld is not slowing for pictures, provides a clear answer as to what the result of all out lap would have been.

BMW and Heidfeld write history on Nordschliefe

BMW has written another chapter in motor sport history on the legendary Nordschleife at the Nürburgring. On Saturday, a modern Formula 1 vehicle was driven round the 20.8 kilometre race track for the first time in 31 years in front of a crowd numbering 45,000 BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld was extremely enthusiastic after three laps in the F1.06:
"This drive was simply incredible. I thought it would be great to drive on the Nordschleife before I started out. But it was even better than I had expected. This racing track is the best in the world.......

read the complete press release HERE

Photos Daniel FlinkmannFlinkmann.de

YouTube fan videos so far...

More Photos popping up....
by Markus Becker

by Andreas Adolph


  1. Heh, in the very first Youtube vid you posted, towards the end it looks like BMW carefully positioned a broken-down GT3 on the left shoulder of the road, hehehe.

  2. oh you mean this? :o)


    god knows what else was littering the circuit after the VLN race they had prior to the demo run...

    BTW whoever was in charge of getting official BMW video out should be canned...BMW got über scooped by the internet...even our site had more and better material sooner than the BMW-Sauber official site had...


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