Rumor: Ecclestone says BMW could make Formula 1 comeback

Rumors | June 10th, 2013 by 8
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Formula 1 boss speculates that BMW could make a return to F1 in the near future as Honda are doing. For City AM newspaper, Ecclestone …

Formula 1 boss speculates that BMW could make a return to F1 in the near future as Honda are doing. For City AM newspaper, Ecclestone says would be “surprised” if BMW did not revive their Formula One effort.

“I think they could come in,” he added. “The amount of money they spent was not significant in the grand scheme of things. It makes sense for them to return.”

BMW pulled out of F1 in 2009, just four years after purchasing the Sauber team and splitting with Williams. At the time of the announcement, BMW blamed the exit mostly on the economic downturn and the refocus on sustainable project.

Rumor: Ecclestone says BMW could make Formula 1 comeback

BMW also supplied engines to Ecclestone’s Brabham team from 1982 to 1987, during which time Nelson Piquet won the drivers’ championship.

BMW returned to F1 with Williams in 2000 but split with them after six years, and shortly after they took over the Sauber team.

BMW Sauber’s first race victory came in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, the team achieving a one-two finish with Robert Kubica’s first race win and Nick Heidfeld taking second place. BMW also gave Sebastian Vettel his F1 debut at Indianapolis in 2007.

Over the years BMW continued to deny a possible return to F1 and BMW’s Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, has ruled out returning to F1  in the medium term: “In July of 2009, a very clear decision was made. This (decision) stands. We are very well positioned in terms of our motor sport programme and this is not going to change at all in the medium term.”

BMW currently focuses on the popular DTM touring car series.

For now, we are labeling Ecclestone’s statement as just a simple speculation.

Read more about BMW’s history in Formula 1.

[Source: NBC Sports]

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  • Giom

    Yea, I’ll also put it down as speculation. I can’t see BMW returning so soon – and why? Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see BMW back in F1, but only if they’re consistently at the front. Like in DTM.
    Must admit, at the moment, I’m not even following F1 since BMWs withdrawal. Got no idea whats happening there – don’t care. Touring car racing is much more exciting and in the case of the DTM, just as advanced as F1.

  • auaq

    I highly doubt they would even think of a return too early. Currently, they are focusing in DTM and at Le mans, and they have been quite pleased and successful if I say so. They may possibly rethink of returning to F1 but much much later in the future. And, I’m sure we all would love to see that hopefully.

  • john

    Honestly, I would rather see them with a P1 WEC car than F1.

  • Bryan Booth

    F1 has 3 engine suppliers spread across some 12 teams, and supplying ~100 examples of a completely novel top-spec engine is a heavy production demand. Bernie wants as many constructors as possible competing in the new V6 turbo formula, and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind seeing some underperforming teams bought out by better funded factory development outfits. I see a sly and very public request for BMW’s consideration of the prospect, but certainly not an informed statement in the least. BMW’s B.O.D. is secretive and conservative, and F1 aero development was too expensive for them last time around. Hopefully their successful inaugural outing in DTM will move some metal in the showrooms and twist their arms a bit, because they have a remarkable if incomplete record in F1.

  • kolbasz

    Please don’t. F1 is expensive, focus that money on development.

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  • Roland Renno

    I totally agree with Giom, and I simply quit watching F1 since BMW’s withdrawal too. To me, F1 has become like GoKart and has lost the enthusiasm it had previously. Anyway, if BMW wants to enter F1, results should be felt.

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