In a bid to retain some of the heritage of the teams past,
The German car makers bought
The team did well in keeping
Villeneuve’s experience should be an asset to BMW, but I can’t help but be reminded of his attempts at BAR when they first took to a Formula One circuit. To say it didn’t quite go as planned is an understatement, and I cannot help but think that Villeneuve doesn’t seem to commit himself as much as he should. Maybe I am wrong, but he just seems a bit too laissez-faire. He won the 1997 title, but only because of an unreliable Mercedes in Hakkinens McLaren. If it wasn’t for these failures, Michael Schumacher would have beating Villeneuve fair and square. I honestly feel that Villeneuve is a little over-rated and a little under-commited to his employers. But then again, maybe he has learned a thing or two from past experiences, and maybe he will do wonders for BMW Sauber?
BMW Sauber is an exciting addition to the Formula One grid, and whilst they may not make it to the podium for a couple of years, I am sure they will be a force to be reckoned with and will be the future of F1 along with Toyota and Honda.