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Sauber to drop BMW from its name
BMW Sauber will drop the "BMW" part of its official title after the F1 Commission approved the request at a Geneva meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Wednesday.
Although the German carmaker pulled out of the sport at the end of last year, Peter Sauber's independent team retained the name BMW Sauber F1. It is believed the reason was so that the prize money from Sauber's participation in the 2009 world championship, when it finished sixth, was not jeopardised.
However, the situation means the C29 has been known officially and awkwardly as the BMW Sauber-Ferrari, due to the use of a Ferrari customer engine. But although initially using clearly visible signage, the team has increasingly moved away from even mentioning BMW, now running a red 'S' logo and Sauber Motorsport branding.
Sauber is understood to have lodged a request with the F1 Commission members - among them key stakeholders including FOM, fellow teams, promoters and sponsors - for the name change.
The BMW reference will only be officially dropped after the 2010 season finishes in Abu Dhabi.