The first Formula One car to be fully designed by BMW, the F1.07 was BMW Sauber’s contender for the 2007 season. Retained from last season, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica piloted the car with future four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel taking the test and reserve driver role. Timo Glock was later signed as the team's second test driver as Vettel left for the Toro Rosso team.
Pre-season testing was very positive, leading to speculation that BMW could surprise the top teams, though BMW played down speculation citing reliability concerns. The F1.07 would go on to score points at every single race during the season and only once fail to have both cars qualify in the top ten, establishing the team as the third-fastest behind Ferrari and McLaren. It was acknowledged by team principal Mario Theissen that the performance gap between BMW Sauber and the two teams in front was less than the gap to the teams behind.
The F1.07 was also involved in one of the biggest crashes of the modern Formula One era at the Canadian Grand Prix. Kubica made contact with Jarno Trulli's Toyota whilst approaching the hairpin on lap 27 and hit a hump in the grass, lifting the car's nose into the air and leaving him unable to brake or steer. The car then hit the concrete retaining wall at 300.13 km/h (186.49 mph) and rolled as it came back across the track, striking the opposite wall on the outside of the hairpin and coming to rest on its side. It was later found that he had been subjected to a peak force of 75G during the crash. Kubica escaped with a sprained ankle and light concussion. Test driver Sebastian Vettel took Kubica’s place in the American Grand Prix, finishing eighth and becoming the youngest driver to score a FIA Formula One World Championship point at the time.
The F1.07 scored two podiums during the season, both through Heidfeld: second in Canada and third in Hungary. Overall, the team scored 101 Championship points and finished second in the Constructors’ Championship, partly due to McLaren’s disqualification. BMW Sauber had twice as many points as third place Renault but half as much as the totally dominant Ferrari team.
This fine 1:12 scale model of the BMW Sauber F1.07 Nosecone has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
This model is part of the BMW Sauber Formula One Collection.
This model is one of many in our collection of miniature nosecones.