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BMW boss Harald Krüger: & # 34; Formula 1 is not an option & # 34;

BMW boss Harald Krüger
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N after leaving Formula 1 in 2009 BMW's motorsport department looked for new playgrounds. The comeback in the DTM in 2012 was more successful than expected. Only a few had expected 2 titles in the first two years after returning to the market.

'Motorsport is part of the core brand of BMW. The DTM is important for us because 3 brands compete against each other and we have radiation effects for models like have the M4 ', says Harald Krüger, who has been CEO of BMW since May, defending his group's involvement in the highest German touring car league.

And the Bavarians have also been very active in the GT sector in recent years. Just a few weeks ago, the Z4 GT3 was retired after winning the prestigious 24h race in Spa-Francorchamps. At the IAA in Frankfurt, the successor to the coming season, the BMW M6 GT3, is ready.

BMW clearly rejects Formula 1 comeback

But all victories in the national touring car scene and The success with the customer racing program in the GT sector cannot hide the fact that things have become a little quieter around BMW internationally. The big stages were left to the competition without a fight.

Mercedes is currently like no other manufacturer for hybrid technology in Formula 1. With Lewis Hamilton, the Swabians also have a global pop star as a figurehead in the premier class, who has also given the image of his employer a fresh coat of paint.

But this example is apparently not followed in Munich. Krüger gives a clear refusal to return to the top racing league: 'Formula 1 is not an option. It just does not fit our long-term direction,' explains the BMW boss when asked by auto motor und sport .

Interest in Le Mans is not denied

And what about a prototype for the WEC? Porsche and Audi dominated the classic at Le Mans this year. The more than 1,000 hp LMP1 racers are well received by the fans. 'I don't want to categorically rule out Le Mans,' said Krüger at least.

The BMW boss didn't want to confirm that his engineers were already working on a prototype with a hydrogen drive. The fans should therefore not hope for a quick return to Le Mans. Experts still expect itIt will take at least until 2019 until BMW is able to challenge the premium competition in the 24-hour classic.

A little earlier, however, the entry into another racing series could come, which combines an international reputation with a green image : 'With Formula E there is already a racing series that is driven purely electrically. Of course we will take a close look at that,' said Krüger. BMW is already involved in the electric formula - but only as a manufacturer of the safety and medical cars.

You can read the detailed interview with BMW boss Harald Krüger in the current issue of auto motor und sport issue 20/2015, available in stores from September 17th.


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