Theissen vows to give drivers equal support

TheissenBMW Sauber boss Mario Theissen has reaffirmed his team’s commitment to driver equality and rubbished suggestions that Nick Heidfeld would be relegated to a number two role following Robert Kubica’s Canadian Grand Prix triumph.

Kubica made comments after his maiden win which some commentators interpreted as a hint that he might become the team’s number one driver for the rest of the season.

“We are leading the drivers’ championship, so I hope the team will give me 100 per cent support to try to maybe defend it until the last race,” Kubica told reporters in Montreal.

Theissen has since dismissed suggestions that Nick Heidfeld, who has been struggling to get to grips with the F1.08 this season, would receive different treatment to Kubica, insisting that there will be no change in approach or strategy.

“We will continue as we were,” the German told BMW Sauber’s official website. “We will not change our strategy for the coming races. Both drivers will be given exactly the same cars, and exactly the same devotion from the team.”

But Theissen did acknowledge that race strategies will be decided on qualifying performances, in which Kubica has consistently had the upper hand this season.

“We will take a calm look at their qualifying results before deciding the race strategy,” he said.