BMW will continue beyond 2004

BMW intends to continue its involvement with Formula One beyond 2004, when its current partnership with Williams expires, but has not yet decided in what capacity. The engine manufacturer may renew its contract with Williams but options are still...

BMW intends to continue its involvement with Formula One beyond 2004, when its current partnership with Williams expires, but has not yet decided in what capacity. The engine manufacturer may renew its contract with Williams but options are still open at the moment.

"We will continue beyond 2004 in Formula One," said motorsport director Mario Theissen, according to the Guardian. "This has been agreed already by the board. So (what) we are talking about is not if, but how, to continue. The ultimate goal is to be competitive, to get into a position to win the championship."

The rumour mill has it that BMW is frustrated with Williams' performance this year, the FW25 chassis not competitive enough for the P83 engine. However, it is not thought that the manufacturer is intending to build its own chassis, and negotiations are ongoing with Williams for the future.

BMW is sceptical about the FIA's proposal to drop the extended engine lifespan rule if manufacturers would be willing to supply affordable engines to other teams in return.

"We are not in a position to supply customer engines," said Theissen. "We would require quite a restructuring, increasing our staff levels, and improving our resources if we were even to think about supplying customer engines."

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