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BMW to retain Sauber name 14 Nov 2005

Sauber nose.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 19 May 2005

BMW Sauber F1 is to be the official title of BMW’s new works team for 2006. Following the German car maker’s purchase of Sauber, announced earlier this year, the new name has been now been registered with the FIA for next season.

"The new team name more or less chose itself,” explained BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. “It reflects the makeup of the team - run by BMW but with a core of almost 300 Sauber employees. Plus, the 2006 car was developed by Sauber's proven engineers."

Peter Sauber, who is staying on in advisory role with the team, was delighted with BMW’s decision: "It's nice to see that the Sauber name will continue in Formula One. I'm particularly pleased for Sauber's many loyal fans, who I'm sure will support the team with unbowed enthusiasm in the future. The new team's name is also an expression of the huge respect which BMW has for the employees in Hinwil."

BMW have also revealed details concerning their key design and engineering staff. Sauber's renowned technical director, the German Willy Rampf, will continue in his post at the Hinwil location in Switzerland, while Heinz Paschen remains technical director at BMW’s base in Munich, where not just the engine but now the entire powertrain will be built. Walter Riedl will be responsible for coordination between the two locations in his capacity as project manager.

Following the christening, it won't be long before the new BMW team take their first steps. There will be an official presentation on January 16 and 17, 2006 in Valencia, Spain, where their new car will embark on its first round of testing.

In the meantime, the team will start winter testing with an interim car and the new BMW P86 V8 engine. Their programme begins on November 28 in Barcelona.