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BMW will return to the Formula 1?



dep0816ja14Pitpass‘ editor Christian Sylt revealed that Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone believes BMW will return to the sport. “I would be surprised if we don’t see BMW again,” he said. BMW quit F1 at the end of 2009 selling its team back to Peter Sauber who originally sold it to the German manufacturer in 2005.

The editorial explained that its exit was down to reasons of “sustainability and environmental compatibility” and it came soon after Honda sold its F1 team. However, Honda has been tempted to return and will come back in 2015 as an engine supplier to McLaren.”

“The driving force is the change in the engine regulations next year to hybrid 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s which will have high-tech energy recovery systems. This will (hopefully) level the playing field and increase the chance of victory for a new manufacturer.

BMW spent an estimated £505m on its previous F1 campaign and only won one race. “I think they could come in. The amount of money they spent was not significant in the grand scheme of things. It makes sense for them to return,” said Ecclestone.

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