Originally Posted by teagueAMX
Makes one question if racing and performance is really in BMW's blood or if it's just a sideline to sell cars.
Ferrari - F1 is no 1, selling cars to consumers is only a sideline to pay for F1.
IMHO, BMW is in business to sell vehicles (not to race), and they think that racing improves the breed - YMMV.
Just like for individuals, a recession may require companies to make some cutbacks - and the circus that is F1 would probably be among my first choices. If BMW stayed in, they would have to commit (via the Concorde Agreement) to stay in until 2012. I think their money is best spent elsewhere. Again, YMMV.
Porsche quit LeMans to deveiop the Cayenne & Panamera and that, to me, is a form of racing that is closer to the development of street cars than F1. At least BMW has not (yet) pulled out of ALMS and other such series.
But if you think arguing with Bernie and dealing with Max's eccentricities are more important than developing technologies for the future, you are certainly entitled to your opinion. In that case, YMDV.