There have been speculations about more manufacturers following Honda out of F1 but the teams talked about were Toyota and Renault. The sudden (?) decision of BMW to end its involvement in Formula One came as a surprise or a bit of a shock. So why have they decided to quit and why so suddenly ?
The sudden nature of BMW decision has likely been caused by the imminent signing of the new Concorde agreement. The agreement is to be finalized this week and according to news today only Toyota signature is now missing. Apparently decisions had to be made this week and BMW made theirs … The board of the mother company was obviously not ready to commit to F1 till 2012.
When BMW took over Sauber they had their plan. To score points regularly in their first season, add some podiums in their second (they scored 2 in their first), win races in their third (Kubica won Canadian GP last year). Season number 4 was to be the season of their title challenge. It did not turn out that way. Their new car, F1.09, is uncompetitive. The drivers fighting for podiums and wins last year struggle to make it to Q2. The cars fighting with Ferraris and McLaren at the front of the pack a season ago now battle with Toro Rossos and Force Indias at the back of the grid.
The true reasons behind BMW’s quick exit may well be those they presented at their press conference. But same as in case of Honda many will believe that should the team be fighting at the top the company would not consider pulling out of the sport. Honda at least had the patience to watch the team struggle for few seasons. BMW seems to have given up after first half a season that did not go their way…
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