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End of the road for BMW F1

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BMW's future in Formula 1 is over as the German car manufacturer announced its withdrawal from the sport at the end of this season, this morning.

The main reason for departure will be the restrictions on the amount of development they can get out of the team in the future, so because they can't spend more money they are off, a fall back in the development of green initiatives like KERS would also have been a factor (the reason why at the start of the season they were the only one saying it should stay this season) and poor performances on track was the last nail.

Kubica to Brawn and Heidfeld to Williams anyone?

Or is Kubica off to do rallying?

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comment by MickS (U2752894)

posted Jul 29, 2009

MasterOfTheDarkArts one of the reasons for the restrictions is to reduce the cost of competiting and to maintain a competitive grid. The ideal would be to provide broad restrictions and leave the teams free to operate as they see fit within them.

The simplest restriction would be on budget but we know what the teams, including BMW, thought about that. Give them a budget for chassis and one for engine development then use your specifications.

If you added a limit to the total amount of fuel available in the race and stringent safety requirements nothing else should be needed.

However much people don't like Max his idea, about the budget cap, makes sense on so many levels. Its a shame that he suggested it as now its tainted its unlikely to find any favour.

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posted Jul 29, 2009

Formula One is turning into a crisis. Honda quit F1 last year and now so does BMW.

Earlier in the year Ferrari and Toyota also said they were going to quit.

Formula One has also lost one of the talented drivers in racing Felipe Massa.

And now Kubica and Heidfeld are looking for new teams.

Can the Formula One crisis get any worse?

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posted Jul 29, 2009

Well...Ferrari and Toyota only said that in regards to the Budget Cap in which they were furious about.

In regards to Felipe, it's not confirmed yet about the true extent of the damage to his eye. So far it seems it is fine as it has finally opened and he can use it.
So don't rule him out yet.

Now to Kubica and Heidfeld. Depending what happens next they may still be with the team, just under a different name as the BMW boys may just sell it on to someone else.

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comment by U11514253

posted Jul 29, 2009

I think kubica would do well with a drive for Force India next season, as with their developing car, and a steady driver in Kubica. Alongside Sutil, they could do a job.

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posted Jul 29, 2009

BMW could as well not appear in the remaining races, it a waste of time and risk to other drivers.

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posted Jul 29, 2009

there is still a strong possiblity the same team but under a different name with less funding could return, much like Brawn this year, which would be interesting, i think what blew it for BMW was the Ker's if it hadn't been for that maybe they wouldn't have been leaving now!

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posted Jul 29, 2009

Optomistic & English: I absolutely agree.
They poured development into the KERS system which quite frankly was quite weak in comparison to the likes of the Mercedes in particular and even the Ferrari's when they had even less time ot develop it so that was a big time embarrassment.
Then to add salt to the wounds they drop the development altogether.

But yeah hopefully the BMW boys in Munich will just sell the team.

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posted Jul 30, 2009

Mr Mick - I understand the theory but it doesn't work. If you want to cut costs then impose a budget cap - simples. Please explain how forcing a team to use 2 types of tyre (at least once) in a race cuts costs?? Ditto goes for the rev limiters and the stupid rules on wing sizes and other aero restrictions.

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posted Jul 30, 2009

I'm guessing Peter Sauber will probably want to continue.
Whether he can raise the funds to put his own team back together again is another matter entirely.
F1 2010 looks like it'll have some very different names on the grid, whether it'll be good or bad for the sport, we'll just have to wait and see.

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posted Jul 30, 2009

If BMW wants to do "the honourable thing" they should give Sauber back his team as a gift. Hopefully he could keep on board most of the current sponsors provided one of the FOTA manufacturers comes up with a supply of engines...

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