BMW have ‘no plans’ to re-enter Formula 1

Date published: February 7 2017

BMW have refuted speculation that the German manufacturer could return to Formula 1, insisting that is not part of the plan.

BMW withdrew from the sport at the end of the 2009 season, however, recently linked up with McLaren Automotive to work on future road car projects.

This, coupled with Formula 1 being under new ownership, raised the question as to whether BMW would be open to returning to the sport.

The German company says no.

“When we decided to pull out of Formula 1 in 2009 it was a long-term strategic decision of the company,” BMW told Autosport in a statement.

“We wanted to put some of the F1 resources into the research and development of alternative powertrain solutions – and so BMW did.

“We established ourselves as the leading premium car manufacturer in the field of electric mobility.

“We are watching the developments in the world of motorsport, but currently we have no plans to re-enter Formula 1.”