Posts Tagged ‘ BMW Sauber F1 Team ’

Three Car Teams?

The FOTA announcement about BMW is interesting. Even with BMW pulling out, the arrival of the new teams in 2010 should mean more cars on the grid next season, so why the sudden talk about fielding three car teams?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that Ferrari now has a bewilderment of choice for next season? A ‘resurgent’ Kimi – he did OK last weekend and I’m sure the presence of a new temporary team mate will spur him on; a returning hero in Felipe Massa; Fernando Alonso waiting in the wings; and now fluent italian speaker Robert Kubica knocking on the door at Maranello.

Never mind three cars, how about four Ferraris for 2010…

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BMW Reactions – Sauber and Heidfeld pessimistic, Kubica quiet

Peter Sauber has issued a press release about the BMW decision and does not strike a particularly optimistic note, even with his 20% stake in the team he views the position they are in as ‘difficult’. He says the announcement was a complete surprise and that he is finding the decision hard to digest.

Nick Heidfeld’s own quotes echo these sentiments, and the immediate view of most commentators appeared to be that Nick had most to lose from the BMW pullout, although I would have thought he would be more likely than Kubica to hang around during what are likely to be protracted discussions on a rescue for the team.

Hopefully given time the shock and pessimism will give way to defiance and determination to provide BMW wrong. Maybe a helpful swiss bank can step in to save the day?

BMW, Sauber, FOTA, and the future

Today’s news that BMW intend to quit F1 at the end of the 2009 was  quickly followed by a FOTA announcement expressing the organisation’s support for the racing team. This is good news for F1 fans.  The Honda model seen in the 2008-2009 off-season has worked fairly well for the team now known as Brawn. In that case Honda’s withdrawal ultimately resulted in continued operation of the team under new ownership, with residual financial assistance provided by the departing manufacturer. Arguably (ok no argument!) the team emerged stronger and more agile as a result.

The BMW withdrawal decision clearly has more to do with corporate politics than cost. With today’s announcement the ‘F1 hawks’ within the company’s leadership got what they wanted, in that BMW is being seen to pull out of the sport. In the world of multinational business where perception matters far more than reality, the actual cost savings or penalties involved in executing the decision will have less of an impact than the decision itself.

So I think we can expect the levels of residual support provided to the successor team to be fairly generous as far as the Hinwill based staff is concerned. Who knows what will happen next. One thing’s for sure. It won’t be dull.

I think the silly season just got a bit sillier…