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Staff future undecided as BMW quits

The future of staff involved in the BMW Sauber programme remains undecided following the announcement that BMW is to quit F1 at the end of the season.

The shock announcement this morning [Wednesday] came after a meeting of the board yesterday, at which the decision was taken to exit F1 as part of a realignment of its motorsport activities.

Due to the timescales involved, no decision has been taken on what will happen to the team at the end of the season – with the options being to close the doors and shut the team down or search for a potential buyer in the same way that Honda sold its F1 outfit to Ross Brawn.

While he admitted that it wasn't possible to discuss possible redundancies, Dr Klaus Dreager – member of the BMW board responsible for development – said the company was aware of its responsibilities and would inform staff as soon as possible of what the future holds.

“Since we only made this decision yesterday, we cannot provide any more precise information,” he said. “We will develop and assess various scenarios and do our best to find a solution for the employees in Hinwil and the staff members involved in the Formula One project in Munich.

“We are aware of the responsibility we shoulder and will inform the staff as soon as we can make a clear statement."



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mark - Unregistered

July 29, 2009 11:04 AM

I say peter sauber should take the team back up seeing they are based at his old headquarters and thus saving all the jobs and bringing back one of my favorite privater teams

holmesy - Unregistered

July 29, 2009 11:19 AM

so another big player leaves F1, unable to deliver the goods despite a budget 10 times that of williams the team it parted company from to go it alone and show F1 how it should be done. this should send a warning to bernie, you need the garagistas, they are the bedrock of the sport, they race because they want to race,fully comitted,not because some marketing exec thinks its a good idea, until the figures dont add up and the budget gets pulled,continuing to put your eggs in the manufactures basket will end in tears.



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