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Mario Theissen comes to his senses!


By Peter M.
May 7 2007

Mario Theissen and BMW have finally come to the conclusion to scrap their 3rd driver policy on Fridays. To run Sebastian Vettel on Fridays for the first 2 GPs has been heavily criticised by Nick, Robert and even myself. Read on... <p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">
In my opinion the two race drivers have lost valuable set-up time. I mean the set-up Vettel has done has almost only benefited himself. Nick and Robert do not gain as much use from Sebastian's collected data as they would if the data was their own.

I think both our race drivers could have been even closer to Ferrari and McLaren if they had the chance to run both sessions on Fridays.
This was perhaps proven by Nick’s great effort in Bahrain. And I think his result was the turning point for BMW to scrap Vettel's running on Fridays.

Still I can understand Mario’s decision to run Vettel. Vettel is, as I understand, a Red Bull contracted driver, something I think Mario isn’t all that glad about. So to give Sebastian more time on track is a way to keep the youngster happy and to keep him in the BMW-Sauber team.

I think Mario’s plan was to give Sebastian as much running this year and then promote him to a race driver next season, at the expense of Nick.

However, now that Nick has performed in an outstanding manner in the first three races, Mario faces a dilemma as he now probably wants to keep Heidfeld, and at the same time he wants Vettel to race for the team. I don’t think Vettel is keen to be a test driver next season..... So Mario has a lot to think about!</font></p><p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">Regards, </font></p><p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">Peter a.k.a PsyM </font><br /></p>

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