BMW: No current interest in entering Formula 1

BMW recently benefited from a manufacturer’s presence in F1 between 2000 and 2009, initially working with Williams before making Sauber its factory team in 2006. The BMW team took a victory in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix before retiring abruptly from F1 at the end of 2009.

Although it has been linked with a potential return to F1, given the level of interest from manufacturers lately and changing engine rules, BMW has made it clear that its priority is its new LMDh programme.

The new BMW LMDh car will make its IMSA debut next year before expanding to the World Endurance Championship from 2024, when it will also return to battle for 24 Hours of Le Mans honours.

“We are almost fully into electrification and the transformation towards electrification already,” Roos explained. “LMDh fits perfectly into this – and not just in 2026, when Formula 1 will go in this direction. From that perspective, it’s the right time for us to do LMDh now.  »

Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M Motorsport GmbH, acknowledged the marketing value and reach of racing in F1, but said BMW “doesn’t do motorsport just for marketing reasons. »

« We want to spin off something for the show and grow together, » van Meel said.

“That’s why LMDh is clearly more important to us than Formula 1. It’s too far away from our M-series products, but also too far in time with the subject of electrification. »

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