Tag Archive: Mario Theissen

Sep 04

BMW rules out F1 in ‘medium term’

BMW has ruled out returning to formula one in the “medium term”.

Flagworld - F1BMW Motorsports“There are currently no plans,” said the German carmaker’s motor sport director Jens Marquardt, whose predecessor was the well-known F1 figure Mario Theissen. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

Sauber names Kaltenborn as future successor

Monisha Kaltenborn will become F1’s first ever female team boss.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Peter Sauber - Monisha Kaltenborn2011-10-29 - Sauber F1 Team - India - Peter Sauber and Minisha Kaltenborn 02That is the revelation of Peter Sauber, who at the age of 68 has hinted he might call it a day before his 70th birthday. Indian Kaltenborn, 41, is already Hinwil based Sauber’s chief executive, while Peter Sauber remains the team principal. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 05

BMW insists ‘no comment’ on Heidfeld/DTM rumours

“We have always said we would look first at the drivers from our own programme” – Jens Marquardt

2011-06-12_04382011-01-13_0658BMW’s motor sport boss has refused to comment on speculation Nick Heidfeld could move from formula one to the DTM series next year. German Heidfeld, 34, was appointed as injured Robert Kubica’s replacement for 2011, but Renault has now dumped him in favour of Bruno Senna.

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Jul 22

Pundit, Theissen hail F1 ‘star’ Newey

McLaren is the only outfit in F1 with a “great” technical team, but it lacks F1’s brightest “star” Adrian Newey.

2011-05-20 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - adrian Newey2011-06-26 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - 01That is the view of pundit Marc Surer as well as Mario Theissen, who recently ended his long career as BMW’s motor sport director before the former F1 squad enters DTM next season.

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Feb 08

Kubica crash raises F1 danger dilemma

Shocking new details of Robert Kubica’s rally crash have emerged.

Robert Kubica’s Skoda rally car, following Sunday’s crash in northern Italy.2011-01-31 - Lotus Renault GP  - R31 Launch 0009 - Robert KubicaVideo footage of the car that was following the Pole’s Skoda Fabia in the minor event in Italy, and newly emerged photographs, show that a length of armco barrier skewered the car from front to rear. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 14

F1 drivers mark end of formula BMW series

“It was the perfect step from karting.”

Formula BMW AmericasAlex Ellis  20091229Formula one drivers and team personnel attended a party last weekend to mark the end of an era. Monza was the scene of the last ever formula BMW race; a junior series that helped many current F1 drivers to reach the very pinnacle of motor sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 20

Briatore to sink yacht in Bernie’s Christmas card (+photo)

Bernie Ecclestone’s mischievous sense of humour has returned yet again in the latest edition of his personalised annual Christmas card

In 2007, the F1 chief executive poked fun at the McLaren-Ferrari spy scandal, depicting a nervous Ron Dennis being handed a gift-wrapped present by former chief designer Mike Coughlan. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 06

BMW Motorsport presents 2010 programme

Focus on production car racing, continuation of junior promotion.

bmwHaving bid farewell to Formula One, BMW will intensify its involvement in GT and touring car racing in the forthcoming year. The company released details of its 2010 motorsport programme on Saturday at the BMW Sports Trophy Award Ceremony in Munich (DE). The BMW M3 GT2 will see action in selected GT races, primarily the 24-hour classics. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 27

Sticky: Villeneuve visits Lotus (+photos)

Group Lotus confirmed that Villeneuve visited its Hethel headquarters

Jacques Villeneuve - Lotus 01 Jacques Villeneuve on Thursday had lunch at a pub near the Norfolk (UK) headquarters of the new formula one team Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 04

Theissen to ‘discuss’ 2010 vacancy with FIA

“The question is what happens now with them?

F1 on Wednesday was left reeling from the loss of Toyota, but it was the best possible news for those at Sauber’s Hinwil headquarters. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01

Ecclestone ‘sure’ Sauber solution can be found

Bernie Ecclestone sounds confident a solution will be found

To allow the newly Qadbak-owned Sauber team to take its place on the 2010 grid. Although founded by Peter Sauber in 1993 and racing constantly in formula one ever since, the Hinwil based team’s owner BMW is pulling out, and the available team places have been taken up by Lotus, Manor, USF1 and Campos. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 26

Founder angry new F1 teams ‘disturb’ Sauber plans

“They do not have to prove anything and yet they disturb our plans for next season”

Peter Sauber has expressed anger that the future of the Hinwil based formula one team he founded in the early 90s is currently in serious peril. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Also Campos objects to 14th 2010 team entry

“We will ask the FIA to give us clarity as soon as possible” -Mario Theissen

2009-04-04 - BMW Sauber F1 - Peter Sauber - Mario TheissenWilliams may not be the only team holding back its support for a confirmed 14th team entry for BMW-Sauber. It has emerged that Williams has inserted its veto to expanding the 2010 grid from 13 entries, and now the Swiss newspaper Blick reports that the new Spanish outfit Campos also objects to allowing a 14th team. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 01

BMW engines fall off truck at Suzuka

A transport container carrying eight BMW formula one engines has been dropped at the Suzuka circuit

Auto Motor und Sport magazine reports that the engines were to be used in Friday practice by Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, as well as being potential replacement units in the event of engine failures. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 28

Theissen plays down Qadbak rumblings

“We do not have any reason to question their seriousness”

Mario Theissen has played down the negative speculation that is circulating about the BMW-Sauber team’s new owner Qadbak. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 25

Huge car upgrade for BMW-Sauber in Singapore

“The wind tunnel data is very good.” -Rampf

2009-04-04 - BMW Sauber F1 - Nick Heidfeld 07While teams including Ferrari and McLaren have stopped developing their 2009 cars, BMW-Sauber has arrived in Singapore with a massive development of its F1.09 single seater. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

Liechtenstein firm linked with Sauber buyout

“I cannot leave my team in a difficult moment.” -Rampf

Willy Rampf - Technical Director BMW Sauber F1 Team 01Following the links with Malaysian and Indian investors, yet more possible saviours of the BMW-Sauber team have now emerged. Germany’s Sport Bild mentioned Kaiser Ritter, a Liechtenstein wealth management firm, whose chief Fritz Kaiser co-owned the Hinwil based outfit until 1999. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 03

‘Silly season’ overdrive as driver market churns

The media are filled with rumours about the constitution of the 2010 championship

With just five races left to run in 2009, the so-called driver market ‘silly season’ for next year has shifted into high gear. With key names like Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen on the move, vacant cockpits at McLaren and Renault, and teams set both to depart and join the grid, the media airwaves are filled with rumours about the constitution of the 2010 championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 01

No Sauber team clarity for ‘weeks’ – Theissen

“It will take a few more weeks to have a clear view as to whether we will be able to find a successor”

2009-01-20 - BMW F1.09 44753It is going to take “a few more weeks” to determine whether the Hinwil based F1 team currently known as BMW-Sauber has found a saviour for the 2010 season and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 29

Heidfeld plays down DTM switch reports

“You would be better to ask Mario Theissen” -Heidfeld

2009-07-25 - BMW - Nick Heidfeld 31Nick Heidfeld has played down suggestions he might switch with BMW to the German touring car series DTM in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Bahrain, not Australia, may open 2010 calendar

Melbourne could lose its place at the very top of next year’s formula one calendar

It was rumoured in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock on Thursday. It was suggested that due to the daylight saving changeover in the Australian city next March and the ‘twilight’ race start time, Bahrain could instead slot into an earlier date to kick off the 2010 championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Kubica learned of BMW withdrawal via internet

Theissen admits own F1  future unclear

Race drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld were not informed of BMW’s decision to withdraw from formula one at the end of the season by the team’s management, they told the media at Valencia on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 19

BMW drivers aim to prolong F1 careers

“In formula one every grand prix is a job application” -Heidfeld

Mario Theissen insists the withdrawal of BMW at the end of the year will not also end the formula one careers of the team’s current race drivers. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 07

BMW snub is Sauber’s biggest blow

“It is also a devastating setback for the team”

This week contained the “bitterest day” in Peter Sauber’s long career in motor racing, which dates back to his Swiss hillclimb title of 1970. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 06

Sauber blames BMW for team rescue failure

Team founder Peter Sauber on Thursday pointed the finger squarely at BMW

The comment came after it emerged that initial efforts to rescue the Hinwil based outfit had failed. Earlier reports in the German language media said that Sauber, who founded the team in 1993, and current boss Mario Theissen, held talks with BMW executives about performing a Brawn/Honda-style management takeover. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 06

First Sauber takeover talks fail – reports

The team is therefore not included in the 2009-2012 Concorde

Initial attempts to rescue the Sauber team in the wake of BMW’s impending withdrawal have failed, according to reports in the German language press.

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Jul 29

Sticky: BMW to exit Formula One at end of 2009 season

Resolute step en route to realigning the BMW Group

bmwThe BMW Group will not continue its Formula One campaign after the end of the 2009 season. Resources freed up as a result are to be dedicated to the development of new drive technologies and projects in the field of sustainability. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

F1 braced for BMW exit announcement

BMW’s future in Formula 1 is in serious doubt

Amid mounting speculation that the German car manufacturer will announce its withdrawal from the sport at the end of this season, on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

BMW eyes Vettel reunion in future

“He can drive for us in the future” -Theissen

2009-07-25 - Red Bull -Sebastian Vettel - Fernando Alonso - Mark WebberMario Theissen insists he stands by his decision to let Sebastian Vettel return to the Red Bull family last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 23

F1 saga to be over ‘within one week’ – Theissen

Cost regulation document, and then the Concorde Agreement, are on the way to being signed off by all parties

A final resolution to F1’s political situation is unlikely to be settled in Hungary this weekend, but the end is nigh, Mario Theissen told reporters in Budapest on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

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