BMW pull out of next F1 season
BMW has announced today that they will not take part in the next Formula 1 season. This comes as another blow to the sport after Felipe Massa’s serious injury at the weekend and having Honda pull out last December.
The decision will leave many high profile members of the team redundant and the team’s two drivers, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica looking for new seats for next year.
Chairman of BMW Dr Norbert Reithofer said "Of course, this was a difficult decision for us, but it's a resolute step in view of our company's strategic realignment”.
The decision came after BMW has been struggling with performance over the current season and had hoped to challenge for the top position.
The team has been racing in Formula 1 for 10 years and despite being known as one of the top teams in the sport they believe they should have done better.
Earlier this year’s F1 teams got together and threatened the FIA with a mass leave of the sport and to create their own motor racing league after what they believed were unnecessary regulations being forced upon them. The departure of BMW could see other teams abandoning the sport in the future.