Robert Kubica, BMW, Ricardo Tormo circuit, 2009
Robert Kubica, BMW, Ricardo Tormo circuit, 2009

History

BMW only became an official F1 constructor in 2006, but this followed two spells as an engine supplier. The first, in the 1980s, saw it break ground with the first turbo engine to power a driver to world championship success in 1983.

It returned in 2000 with Williams and was winning Grands Prix the following year. But the partnership failed to deliver a championship, so the Munich marque took over the ailing Sauber team. Robert Kubica scored BMW’s first win in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.

However after an unsuccessful 2009 and feeling the effects of an economic downturn, BMW pulled out of F1, though its name remained officially attached to the team in 2010.