BMW Sauber’s contender for the 2008 Formula One season, the F1.08 was driven by retained drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica. Team principal Mario Theissen set the target of the team's first win during the season and he was not disappointed. BMW Sauber started the season well, scoring three podiums in the first three races in Australia, Malaysia and Bahrain, and leading the Constructors’ Championship after the third race. Another podium in Monaco preceded the team’s most successful race, a 1-2 finish in Canada, where Kubica took the team’s sole victory.
After the breakthrough win, development was switched to the 2009 season where new regulations were to be introduced. The lack of development of the current car was reflected in a drop of form as BMW Sauber became outpaced by Renault, Toyota and Toro Rosso and lost touch with Ferrari and McLaren. Despite this, Kubica remained with an outside chance of taking the Drivers’ Championship until the penultimate race. Kubica was openly critical of the emphasis switch, having led the Drivers’ Championship after Canada.
Scoring 135 points over the course of the season, the F1.08 was BMW Sauber’s most successful car, scoring that one win in Canada and eleven podiums and earning third in the Constructors’ Championship behind Ferrari and McLaren. Robert Kubica finished the Drivers’ Championship in joint third position alongside Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen.
This fine 1:8 scale model of the BMW Sauber F1.08 is as raced at the Canadian Grand Prix on 8th June 2008. This model has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of BMW Sauber 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. Every Amalgam 1:8 scale model is supplied in a luxury black presentation box and mounted on a carbon fibre or leather base protected by a clear acrylic dust cover. The model title, original branding and edition number are displayed on polished stainless steel plaques mounted at the front end of the base.
The BMW Sauber F1.08 is limited to just 99 editions.