F1 » Ecclestone tips BMW to return

Bernie Ecclestone says he would be surprised if BMW didn't make a return to F1 when new engine rules come into play

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May 20, 2013 10:32 AM

Who's he kidding.

BMW have a long and rich history of just leaving motorsport formulas and just using motorsport discipline as a marketing toy. No loss not having them in F1.

The WRC Mini program is a good example of this, also if Peter Sauber hadn't stepped back in the team would have disappeared.

luke - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 10:41 AM

The Mini WRC program isn't a good example because they were not even there for a full season so its barely time to market(like you can with a series thats a shadow of its former self) or even try to be competitive. But BMW have always said they want to race in a International series, and right now the only series they race in with factory Teams would be GT3 and DTM both of which have very minimal coverage outside Europe, I think it would make sense if they come back soon but this time as a engine Works deal like they did with Williams(which Honda are going to do with Mclaren) in the early 2000's except they would most likely continue with Sauber if they did go down this route.


May 20, 2013 11:14 AM

taz. wasn't the mini programme actually a PRODRIVE project, and not an official bmw affair. but bmw offer a lot of support to various production based categories such as wtt etc, all of which are standardising engines at 1.6 turbos. the only downside is that bmw do not make a v6, but I guess that if they decided to re- enter f1, the v6 could be introduced into their range?

Oldtimer - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 11:20 AM

It's just Bernie talking things up, I see also wants Marussia to run a Mclaren or Williams chasis, WHY i ask? He also says he wants only ten teams so he is being a bit contradictory, If he wants ten teams then fine they will want their own chassis or if they expand then consider selling chassis to new teams to cut down costs. Personally I would like more teams provided they were good enough and had enough money. I also remember that previously Prodrive wanted to enter and had a Mercedes engine deal which did'nt suit Bernie because he'd cut a deal for all new teams to use a Cosworth engine. He needs to start talking straight and cut out all the "b......t"

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