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BMW to Quit F1

July 29, 2009

BMW announced this morning that they will be quitting Formula One at the end of this season.

The reasons behind the announcement are plans for a restructure of the manufacturer’s motorsport activities.

The team had given themselves three years to win the world championship, but have been unsuccessful, only managing one win in that time, in Canada last year.

The team had high hopes for the 2009 season, after its success last year, where Robert Kubica led the championship for a while. However, following the new regulations, the current car has been unsuccessful.

Team boss Mario Theissen said: “[We] would all have liked to continue this ambitious campaign and show that this season was just a hiccup following three successful years, but I can understand why this decision was made from a corporate perspective.” He added that the team plan to continue through the remaining races of the season and demonstrate their fighting spirit.

The FIA said that they were not surprised to hear of the team’s plan to quit.

BMW joined Formula One in 2000, supplying the engine for the then Williams team. In 2006 they became the BMW Sauber team.

They will become the second major manufacturer to leave the sport in the last few months, following Honda at the end of last year.