Mario Theissen leaves F1

Mario TheissenBMW motorsport director Mario Theissen has revealed that he will no longer be involved in F1 – leaving Peter Sauber in control.

Theissen first entered the world of Formula One in 2000 with BMW and became team boss in 2006. In previous interviews, he had hinted that he might stay with Sauber however he has now confirmed that he will be relinquishing all his F1 duties following BMW’s withdrawal from the sport.

“I will be responsible for future BMW motorsport activities,” he explained to Swiss newspaper Blick. “Peter Saaber now takes control and will lead the team. For me, it is an end – and a new era begins.”

It is rumoured that BMW are now looking into the possibility of expanding into other racing arenas with many believing that they may look to compete at Le Mans in 2010.