Mario Theissen is leaving formula one because he will remain BMW's motor sport director in 2010 and beyond. The 57-year-old German, who entered the sport with BMW in 2000 and became Sauber's team boss in 2006, had hinted he might stay.

Mario Theissen is leaving formula one because he will remain BMW's motor sport director in 2010 and beyond.

The 57-year-old German, who entered the sport with BMW in 2000 and became Sauber's team boss in 2006, had hinted he might stay with the Hinwil based squad in the wake of BMW's F1 withdrawal.

But he told Switzerland's Blick daily: "I will also be responsible for the motor sport activities of BMW in the future."

It is reported that BMW will on Saturday announce its motor sport programme for 2010, amid rumours a Le Mans foray is possible.

Theissen said in other German reports: "Peter Sauber now takes control and will lead the (F1) team.

"For me it is an end and a new era (for Sauber) begins."

 

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