BMW’s reasons to quit (Speculative links)

Poor performance, not politics, is the reason for BMW’s withdrawal- Guardian

The fact is that BMW-Sauber have performed abysmally – the worst of the motor manufacturers – in a year when they had publicly declared an intention to fight for the championship. The cost of competing (and failing) provides a handy excuse for throwing in their hand.

Why has BMW quit Formula 1? – Joe Saward’s blog

In F1 where the thinking is always short-termist, they will think it was about the bad year that BMW is having, but that is not how a big manufacturer thinks. Thus one needs to analyse whether it was because the image of F1 is not something with which BMW wishes to be associated. One might ask whether there was any influence on the decision resulting from Max Mosley’s spanking scandal, or Bernie Ecclestone’s recent remarks about Adolf Hitler.

BMW pulls out, but team should survive – James Allen on F1

That was not the decision of a racer, rather of a corporate entity too focussed on ‘targets’ and now with the results frankly embarrassing, they have pulled the plug.

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