It is not far-fetched to aim for the drivers' world championship this year, BMW-Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld insists.

It is not far-fetched to aim for the drivers' world championship this year, BMW-Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld insists.

The 31-year-old struggled for most of 2008 alongside his teammate Robert Kubica, and despite approaching his tenth season on the grid is yet to record a single race win.

But Heidfeld is refusing to limit his target for the forthcoming season to finally breaking his 153-grand prix victory drought.

"I don't constantly think about clinching my maiden win," the German said, insisting his only real chance of race victory was when he finished second to Kubica in Canada last year.

"After all, it's my goal to win the title and not just a race," he added.

Heidfeld said he is convinced that if the car is a winner, "I can make it".

Team boss Mario Theissen admitted last month that BMW's final target - to fight for the titles in 2009 - is set to be the "most difficult" since the German marque bought Sauber three seasons ago.

But Heidfeld said BMW's "major improvements" of 2008 means the team this year "won't have to make such a big step forward" in order to challenge McLaren and Ferrari.

 

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