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Ecclestone tips BMW to return

20 May 2013

Bernie Ecclestone has said he wouldn't be surprised to see BMW elect to make a return to F1 on the back of Honda's decision to make a comeback.

Honda confirmed last week that it had agreed a deal to supply engines to McLaren from 2015 onwards, having previously walked away from the sport following the 2008 campaign – when it sold its team to Ross Brawn.

BMW followed suit twelve months later when it sold its team back to Peter Sauber, but Ecclestone insisted that the new engine regulations – which attracted Honda back to the sport – made it more attractive for the German marque to look at F1 once again, with the commercial rights holder saying he wouldn't be surprised to see a return.

"I would be surprised if we don't see BMW again," he told City AM. "I think they could come in. The amount of money they spent was not significant in the grand scheme of things. It makes sense for them to return."

BMW's motorsport activities are currently focused on the DTM and sportscars, where it runs versions of the M3 and Z4 models.


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