BMW denies Formula 1 return speculation

Sebastian Vettel drives the BMW Sauber F1.07

Sebastian Vettel drives the BMW Sauber F1.07

BMW has denied the latest round of rumours suggesting that a return to Formula 1 is on the cards.

Internet reports this week said that the German carmaker, having pulled out of its works collaboration with Sauber at the end of 2009, is thinking about following Formula 1 returnee Honda back onto the grid as a supplier of turbo V6 engines in 2015 or 2016.

BMW motor sport director Jens Marquardt told Germany’s Sport Bild: “The exit from Formula 1 was a strategic business decision.

“There are currently no considerations about coming back. We feel very comfortable in the (German touring car series) DTM.”

Correspondents Bianca Garloff and Ralf Bach said that rumours of BMW’s return had swirled in the paddock of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa recently. (GMM)

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