Mid-season review: BMW Sauber

Stephan Heublein



A torturous winter of uncertainty is never the perfect recipe for success, and now with the F1 season nearing an end with just seven races remaining, BMW Sauber is only beginning to return to consistent points-scoring races after a first half-season dogged by poor reliability and a hopelessly slow car. After finishing just twice in the first six races, failing to score a point in the process, top-ten grid and finishing positions are becoming a thing of habit for the Swiss team.

Following BMW's withdrawal from the sport at the end of last season, the future of the team remained up in the air, as the German marque had refused to sign the Concorde Agreement, meaning it no longer had a right to a place on the grid. Further complicating matters was the failed takeover bid by the mysterious Qadbak investment organisation, but the withdrawal of Toyota at season's end eventually gave the team the security it had desired, with previous team owner Peter Sauber taking over at the helm once again.