May 20, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
Bernie Ecclestone believes BMW could make a return to F1 in the near future as Honda are doing.
Ecclestone told City AM newspaper he would be “surprised” if BMW did not revive their Formula One effort.
“I think they could come in,” he added. “The amount of money they spent was not significant in the grand scheme of things. It makes sense for them to return.”
BMW supplied engines to Ecclestone’s Brabham team from 1982 to 1987, during which time Nelson Piquet won the drivers’ championship.
The German manufacturer returned to F1 with Williams in 2000 but split with them after six years. They took over the Sauber team in 2006 and made rapid progress, winning the Canadian Grand Prix in 2008. BMW also gave Sebastian Vettel his F1 debut at Indianapolis in 2007, substituting for the injured Robert Kubica.
But the following season was a disaster and BMW quit the sport at the end of the year, handing control of their team back to Peter Sauber.
Since scrapping their F1 programme BMW has concentrated its efforts on road car-based competition. It entered Germany’s popular DTM touring car series last year and won the constructors’ championship at its first attempt while Bruno Spengler scooped the drivers’ title. BMW signed ex-Marussia F1 driver Timo Glock to its DTM team earlier this year.
Apr 20, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT(Edit)
The joys of return flights home from the West Coast for the IndyCar community..
Apr 20, 2015, 3:15 PM EDT(Edit)
Another tough day at office for Honda, Newgarden comes up short of top-five and other tidbits from Long Beach.
Apr 20, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Sebastian Saavedra has a clean, quiet, consistent weekend and ended P10 on debut for Ganassi.
Apr 20, 2015, 12:49 PM EDT(Edit)
It was a bizarre weekend for Dale Coyne’s No. 18, which saw one driver replaced before the weekend began, one injured before getting the chance to debut, and one finally getting a long overdue shot.
Apr 20, 2015, 11:38 AM EDT(Edit)
Long Beach got off to a great start, courtesy of Patrick Stewart’s enthusiastic command to start engines.
Apr 20, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT(Edit)
It may have been a routine victory for Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain, but both Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen showed some of the fight that has been lacking in recent months.
Apr 20, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT(Edit)
Ferrari team principal believes two mistakes from the four-time world champion cost him a place on the podium in Bahrain.
Apr 20, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT(Edit)
A mistake by Sebastian Vettel allows Bottas to take fourth place on Sunday in Bahrain.
Apr 19, 2015, 9:53 PM EDT(Edit)
JPM, Helio laugh about the four nationalities represented at Team Penske.
Apr 19, 2015, 7:41 PM EDT(Edit)
Bobby Unser praises Scott Dixon, while Dixon himself downplays the accomplishment.
Apr 19, 2015, 6:18 PM EDT(Edit)
Scott Dixon finally wins in Long Beach.
Apr 19, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT(Edit)
The nine-time world champion extends his lead at the top of the riders’ championship in MotoGP.
Apr 19, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Romain Grosjean manages to salvage some points for Lotus in Bahrain, finishing seventh.
Apr 19, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT(Edit)
Ed Jones survives streets of Long Beach to win Round 3 for Indy Lights.
Apr 19, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT(Edit)
Ricciardo finishes the race in a blaze of glory, but holds on to sixth place for Red Bull.
Apr 19, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Watch the third round of the IndyCar season, from the streets of Long Beach, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
Apr 19, 2015, 2:30 PM EDT(Edit)
Watch the third round of the Indy Lights season today at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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