F1 » Berger: BMW gave up on F1 too soon

Gerhard Berger criticises BMW for pulling the plug on its F1 programme and says the patience was always missing.

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January 23, 2011 5:40 AM

Turkey, you could say the same for Honda may be Toyota but then there was the financial crisis, I don't think so.
Both Honda and Toyota are said to have had unlimited budgets and most probably resources believed to be the biggest or at least the biggest in F1.
At least in the V10 era they had the most powerful engines they both were alternating top spot as regards HP outputs with BMW.
But the three of them got nowhere with having the most powerful engine at any one time during the V10 era because on the car design side the three of them were missing that important thing called Ross Brawn/Adrian Newey.
An example is what turned out to be the Brawn 01 and the RBR of last year.
I will put it at, they really shaped their own disteny.
It doesn't looks like Mercedes have any links missing.

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January 23, 2011 12:10 PM

107SS2009 I think you are agreeing with me? All 3 (Honda Toyota & BMW) pulled out at about the same time citing the GFC as a factor, after sinking huge amounts of money into F1 cars/teams that could not get it all together. BMW probably made the right call in pulling out of Sauber before they had gone in so deep as the Japanese, and they could see Mercedes coming with a better package.


January 23, 2011 12:50 PM

Turkey, yes all three pulled out at about the same time and all three cited the GFC but it looks more or less like the GFC was a blessing in discuss for the three of them.
As I said, their chain either had a weak link or had a link missing.
As to the other part of your previous post (Mercedes) might turn out to have the most complete chain at present, time will tell.


January 23, 2011 1:38 PM

toyota and honda pulled out due to gfc, but i think that bmws decision was different. first of all, they had set themselves a target, which they had been achieving but then fell back, for reasons unknown. bmw were making money so i doubt that there were financial worries. but i feel that they reassessed their place in motorsport, and realised they were straying from their "we race what we sell" philosophy, and so made the decision to return to saloon car series, and supporting their customers.


January 23, 2011 8:13 PM

Rob, I wasn't trying to pull anybody's chain I was being serious in comparing a team to a chain, to me when taking everything in consideration (the chain links) resources, power train, chassis design know how, drivers, strategy capabilities, and team management/direction it looks like at the present formula (as is) Mercedes has the best chain.


January 23, 2011 11:57 PM

They will, some major equipment cannot be bought off the shelve that's why things will take time to materialize.
Please do note that this is not a matter of supporting them or being a fan of theirs.

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