With Formula 1 bringing in a whole new concept engine in 2026, many new car manufacturers are finding their way into the sport. Some new manufacturers and a number of old ones as well. But there is still one German group of creators who seem to have very minimal interest in the racing sport. The former team, BMW.
Audi recently confirmed their entry in Formula 1 as an engine supplier to a certain team. Even Porsche has shown an open interest in entering the sport by 2026 and even though the Red Bull deal fell through, the German manufacturer is still trying its best to get a ticket into Formula 1. Honda parted their way with Red Bull after a successful campaign in 2021, but they are still looking into the sport for a better opportunity with the 2026 regulations.
As per Motorsport.com, BMW’s Head, Andreas Roos said: “You have a very high investment in Formula 1, and until that comes back, you must be very successful for a very long time.” he added: “So we’re happy with the big bouquet of projects we currently have in motorsport.”
BMW’s past in Formula 1
BMW has a long history in Formula 1 as an engine manufacturer, and they most recently did the same for Williams in the early 2000s. Then they competed as BMW-Sauber from 2006 to 2009, when the team decided to exit the sport. With all German teams entering the sport again, BMW does think of a possible comeback but won’t do so.
“We want to derive something for the series and develop it together. That’s why LMDh is clearly more important to us than Formula 1. It’s too far away from our series M products, but also too far away in terms of time with the topic of electrification,” said Frank van Meel, the CEO of BMW M Motorsport.
As the CEO concluded, BMW is mostly looking for a return in motorsport as an endurance team rather than in Formula 1. The new BMW M Hybrid V8 will debut in IMSA next year before expanding to the World Endurance Championship in 2024.