F1 team review - BMW Sauber
Team Sauber-Ferrari 2009 Season StatsLast updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:33 UK
BBC PUNDIT EDDIE JORDAN'S VIEW
"BMW Sauber headed into 2009 expecting to battle for the championship, and they are ending it by withdrawing from Formula 1.
"I find that decision disappointing - particularly the way they justified it with financial reasons.
BMW FACTS AND STATS
Headquarters Hinwil (Switzerland) and Munich (Germany)
Debut season 2006
Test driver: Christian Klien
Team principal: Mario Theissen
Technical co-ordinator: Willy Rampf
Engine: BMW V8
Total Grand Prix wins: 1
2008 position: 3rd
Constructors' titles 0
"With all the controls there are on tyres and engines and so on, there has probably never been a cheaper time to be in F1 - with adequate sponsorship and income from Bernie, it is effectively self-funding. So it's a shame BMW didn't give it one more year.
"But there may have been other pressures - particularly that they have been uncompetitive compared to what they have been used to.
"It's possible that the team will still race in F1 next year, but to do so they need one of the four new teams to collapse.
"If that does not happen, one of the biggest disappointments will be that Peter Sauber, who founded the team and remains a shareholder, will not be in the sport.
"That is very unfortunate because he is one of the most high-quality people to grace F1. He has integrity and honour, and he is very competitive."