Formula 1
Formula 1
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
FP3 in
19 Hours
:
21 Minutes
:
12 Seconds
R
Styrian GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
FP1 in
6 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
13 days
31 Jul
-
02 Aug
FP1 in
27 days
R
70th Anniversary GP
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
FP1 in
34 days
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
FP1 in
41 days
R
Italian GP
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
FP1 in
62 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
FP1 in
83 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
FP1 in
119 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
FP1 in
132 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
FP1 in
146 days
Motorsport.com's Prime content
Topic

Motorsport.com's Prime content

How BMW-Sauber blew its chance of title glory

shares
comments
How BMW-Sauber blew its chance of title glory
By:
Jun 2, 2020, 10:04 AM

As Motorsport.com celebrates 50 years of Sauber, we revisit the 2008 season in which it at last became a Formula 1 winner. But corporate demands from new owner BMW meant its best shot at the title was allowed to slip away.

After 50 years in motorsport there are plenty of trophies in the display cabinets of Sauber's factory in Hinwil - but not one denoting the greatest prize of all, the Formula 1 world championship. It's a title the team permitted to slip through its corporate fingers over the course of a febrile few months in 2008. That was the view publically expressed by lead driver Robert Kubica at the time, and he's not altered that view over the following 12 years.

When BMW returned to F1 as an engine supplier in 2000 after 13 years in abeyance it did so with energy and purpose - and a plan, even if those goals had to be subtly revised over the course of the coming seasons. Led by ex-F1 driver Gerhard Berger and Dr Mario Theissen, an ambitious but engineering-led corporate climber who was passionate about motor racing, BMW knew exactly what it wanted out of F1: explicit technological links between everyday product and racing, to which end it was developing a V10 for its high-performance road cars.

Next article
F1 announces first eight races of revised 2020 calendar

Previous article

F1 announces first eight races of revised 2020 calendar

Next article

Plan for reverse grid F1 qualifying races stalls

Plan for reverse grid F1 qualifying races stalls
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Stuart Codling