BMW-Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld has backed team boss Mario Theissen's target of challenging for the 2009 world championship.

BMW-Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld has backed team boss Mario Theissen's target of challenging for the 2009 world championship.

"It is not unrealistic," the 31-year-old German told sport1.de, "because so far the team has achieved all its goals in every season."

BMW finished the 2008 season in a comfortable third place, but Heidfeld scored 15 fewer points than his Polish teammate, Robert Kubica, following a mid-season slump.

Kubica, however, similarly suffered a remarkable slump right at the end of the season, resulting in his loss of third place in the drivers' classification to Kimi Raikkonen.

Heidfeld, who has always had a tense relationship with the 23-year-old, said: "I hope that in 2009 I am still faster than Robert."

In more than 150 grands prix, Heidfeld has scored 11 podiums but no wins.

 

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