BMW confident of future of Formula One

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen is expecting the title fight to go to the final race -- but his thoughts stretch further than the end of this season "We're experiencing the most exciting F1 season since many years. Three more races to go...

BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen is expecting the title fight to go to the final race -- but his thoughts stretch further than the end of this season

"We're experiencing the most exciting F1 season since many years. Three more races to go and three drivers extremely close together in the Drivers' Championship, further there are three teams still having a realistic chance to win the Constructors' title. I'm expecting both titles not to be decided until Suzuka. So the season final in Japan will be a real thriller!"

"For the first time our team is deeply involved in the title chase. Of course we will give our very best to be on the top spot when this battle is over. But even if we shouldn't succeed in achieving this goal season 2003 will be the most successful since the BMW comeback at the pinnacle of motor racing in 2000."

"Independent of the current season the agenda for the F1 future is set already now. There is a major change of structure in store for F1 concerning organisation and leadership. Currently there's a lot of work going on to develop some changes that will come to force at the latest at the end of 2007, when the current Concorde Agreement will expire."

"And there's another factor that will cause a re-structuring of F1: the growing internationalisation. The European Championship with six overseas races is developing more and more to a real World Championship."

"Already in 2004 F1 is supposed to race in Bahrain and Shanghai. For BMW as an automobile manufacturer two extremely interesting destinations. And there are further applicants waiting in front of the door: India, Turkey and Russia. New markets that are meaning new potential. Particularly the Asian region altogether and China in particular are offering enormous possibilities."

"That's why BMW is confident concerning the future of F1. Aspects like the decreasing TV figures should be analysed rationally in spite of being pessimistic. An average of 8,76 million spectators watched the German TV station RTL's coverage of the first twelve rounds of the season. This is an enormous figure, even if it has to be admitted that the average in 2002 was lying at 9.32 millions. So we are talking about complaints at the highest level. No other sport is attracting so many spectators on a regular basis as F1 does."

"I am convinced that F1 will overcome the future re-structuring and will emerge even stronger than before in some years."

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