F1: BMW will not battle Porsche and Audi in F1

BMW M boss Frank Van Meel said the motorsport side of the M division has “no ambitions for Formula 1.”

Recall that BMW parted ways with Sauber, after 2009 where it had little success.

“For us, it’s really important to have the [electrification] story of transformation embraced as fast as possible. Formula 1 is still discussing the regulations around electrification. So, for us, it was very clear. Let’s go faster into that [electrification] segment.”

So instead, the company is heavily investing in its Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) car that will debut in the 2024 season, whereas if it entered F1 it would not be until 2026.

Friday, March 14th 2008 Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Melbourne Australia. BMW Sauber F1 Team driver Nick Heidfeld (GER) in the BMW Sauber F1.08. This image is copyright free for editorial use © BMW AG


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