F1 kicks of European leg in Spain

The BMW Sauber F1 Team has barely embarked on its third season and is already heading for its first Formula One grand prix as the leader of the constructors' championship.

 In the first three World Championship races of the 2008 season, the team was on the podium each time (two second places and a third), had its first pole position (Robert Kubica/Bahrain) and set its first fastest race lap (Nick Heidfeld/Malaysia).

With 30 points, the BMW Sauber F1 Team is one ahead of Ferrari and two of McLaren Mercedes. During the brief spring break all the teams have been upgrading their cars in preparation for the European curtain-raiser in Barcelona on 27th April.

The Spanish Grand Prix on the impressive, but unforgiving, "Circuit de Catalunya" could prompt a reappraisal of where the teams stand relative to one another.