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Kubica crash raises F1 danger dilemma

Shocking new details of Robert Kubica's rally crash have emerged.

Video footage of the car that was following the Pole's Skoda Fabia in the minor event in Italy, and newly emerged photographs, show that a length of armco barrier skewered the car from front to rear.

Currently sedated due to the pain, he will stay in intensive care for a few more days, before his other injuries are operated on. Reports have said Kubica lost 5 pints of blood after the crash and was initially in a "critical" condition.

Kubica's co-driver has criticised the roads and the front-impact safety standards of the car, but others argued that the highly paid 26-year-old should not have been competing at all.

"You've got to look after that investment," triple world champion and former team owner and boss Sir Jackie Stewart told the Telegraph.

"It's quite a challenge to stop drivers doing the things I believe are unwise leading up to a F1 season," he added.

Renault chief Eric Boullier, however, said the freedom to rally is so ...

BMW 2010 Endurance summary

24h Nurburgring: Triumphant comeback in the "Green Hell". Team BMW Motorsport celebrates 19th victory on the Nordschleife. After an intensive preparation programme, which saw Team BMW Motorsport contest podium places in rounds of the VLN ...

BMW 2010 WTCC summary

FIA WTCC: Seven victories, but still a lot of disappointment. Priaulx maintains title aspirations late into World Championship battle and celebrates more victories than ever before. Six victories for BMW Team RBM driver Andy Priaulx and a race ...

Heidfeld admits interest in BMW's DTM foray

Nick Heidfeld has admitted he might be interested in working with BMW once again. Between 2006 and last year, the German raced with the Bavarian carmaker in Formula One. At 33, he is now struggling to find a full-time cockpit for 2011, ...

STCC: Richard Goransson wins BMW Sports Trophy

Munich, 4th December 2010. Richard Goransson (SE) has crowned his successful 2010 season with another trophy. At Saturday's BMW Sports Trophy Award Ceremony in Munich, the 32-year-old was presented with a winner's cheque for 30,000 Euros by BMW ...

BMW presents comprehensive racing programme for 2011

Jens Marquardt introduced as next BMW Motorsport Director. Munich, 4th December 2010. BMW announced details concerning its 2011 motor racing programme during the BMW Sports Trophy Awards Ceremony held in Munich on Saturday. The company's programme ...

Theissen retires as BMW's racing boss

BMW's long-time motor racing and Formula One boss Dr Mario Theissen is retiring. The 58-year-old has held the post as BMW motorsport director for 12 years, preceding the German carmaker's decision to enter F1 initially as an engine supplier to ...

Jens Marquardt to head BMW Motorsport

Change at the top of BMW Motorsport: Mario Theissen to hand over to Jens Marquardt on 1 July 2011. Munich, 24 November 2010. After more than 12 uninterrupted years, a changeover at the head of BMW Motorsport is in the offing. On 30 June 2011, ...

Formula BMW Talent Cup summary

Formula BMW Talent Cup 2011 Cartagena (ES), 23rd November 2010. Eight days after his triumph in the FIA Formula One World Championship, Sebastian Vettel (DE) returned to his roots for one day: On Monday the former Formula BMW driver was present ...

Macau GP: BMW Sunday report

Farfus and Priaulx score points for BMW in Macau -- Hernandez wins Independents' Trophy with the BMW 320si WTCC. Macau, 21st November 2010. The BMW Team RBM drivers added some more points to their tallies at the season finale of the FIA World ...

Macau GP: BMW preview

2010 World Touring Car Championship ends in Macau for BMW Team RBM. Munich, 17th November 2010. As is tradition, the FIA World Touring Car Championship concludes with two rounds at the "Guia Circuit" in Macau (CN) this weekend. Following the ...

Formula BMW Talent Cup newsletter

Theissen and Vettel visit Formula BMW Talent Cup scholarship course. Munich, 26th October 2010. Preparations for the 2011 Formula BMW Talent Cup are in full flow. The response to BMW Motorsport's new junior promotion programme has been extremely ...

BMW looks forward to return after 18 years

BMW today confirmed its return to DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) for the 2012 season, an event that has been widely expected since the company publicly announced its intent in April. BMW returns to DTM press conference: ITR president ...

BMW to return to DTM in 2012

Munich, 15th October 2010. The return of BMW to the DTM from 2012 is reality: This was confirmed by the company during the DTM race weekend at the Hockenheimring. In April this year BMW had announced its intention to race in the DTM in principle ...

BMW not coming back for F1's 2013 engine era - Theissen

Even with greener and more road relevant engine rules on their way for Formula One, BMW is not expected to return any time soon. That is the view of Dr Mario Theissen, the German carmaker's motor sport director and former BMW-Sauber team ...

F1 drivers mark end of formula BMW series

Formula one drivers and team personnel attended a party last weekend to mark the end of an era. Monza was the scene of the last ever formula BMW race; a junior series that helped many current F1 drivers to reach the very pinnacle of motor ...

EU: Series Monza race 2 report

Harvey wins the race, but the title goes to Frijns. Monza, 12 September 2010. Formula BMW Europe has ended with a flourish, crowning Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) as its champion as Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) won the series' ...

Oschersleben: BMW race report

Priaulx and Farfus secure one-two for BMW in Oschersleben. Both Andy Priaulx and Augusto Farfus were able to celebrate on the podium at BMW's home event in Oschersleben. Priaulx won the 16th round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship ...

Oschersleben: Series qualifying report

FARFUS TAKES POLE AS RAIN DISTRUPTS QUALIFYING Augusto Farfus (1:38.070) claimed his second pole position of the season at Oschersleben today, the day after the Brazilian celebrated his 27th birthday. As the rain began to fall in Q2 Farfus put ...

Oschersleben: BMW qualifying report

Farfus claims pole on BMW home ground -- Priaulx comes third. BMW Team RBM had a successful qualifying session for round 15 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship. Augusto Farfus put in a 1:38.070-minute lap in Oschersleben, securing pole ...

Spa 24H: BMW interview with Mario Theissen

Theissen: "The whole team can be proud of its performance". Munich, 6th August 2010. Last weekend, Team BMW Motorsport completed its third 24-hour race of the season with the BMW M3 GT2 in Spa-Francorchamps (BE). At the same time, racing in a BMW ...

BMW celebrates 50th victory

BMW celebrates 50th victory in the FIA WTCC since 2005. Brno, 1st August 2010. With his win at the "Automotodrom Brno", Andy Priaulx (GB) achieved a further milestone for BMW in international touring car racing, with the marque posting its 50th ...

Spa 24H: BMW race report

Team BMW Motorsport finishes third and fourth at Spa- Francorchamps 24 Hours. Spa-Francorchamps, 1st August 2010. Team BMW Motorsport finished third and fourth at the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (BE). Dirk Werner (DE), Dirk Muller (DE) and ...

BMW to contest 2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

Munich, 31st July 2010. BMW will contest all three legs of the 2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup 2010 with the BMW M3 GT2. This Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO)-sanctioned championship consists of Silverstone's 1000-kilometre race in Great Britain, ...

PAC: Macu GP confirmed series finale

Season-finale confirmed for 57th Macau Grand Prix. Kuala Lumpur - Formula BMW Pacific has confirmed its unparalleled line-up of fixtures for the 2010 season with a spectacular season-closer at the 57th Macau Grand Prix in November. With its ...

BMW Motorsport to establish Formula BMW Talent Cup

BMW Motorsport sets out on a new track in junior talent promotion. Munich, 8th July 2010. As part of the strategic realignment of its motorsport involvement, BMW is embarking on new paths in its promotion of young racing talent following almost ...

BMW race report

Sixth for Team BMW Motorsport in Le Mans 24 Hours. Le Mans, 13th June 2010. Team BMW Motorsport experienced a turbulent return to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Lady luck did not necessarily smile on the two BMW M3 GT2s. Car number 78, with Jorg Muller ...

BMW Art Car retirement report

No. 79 BMW M3 GT2 retires early from 24-hour race in Le Mans. Le Mans, 12th June 2010. The BMW M3 GT2 Art Car has retired early from the Le Mans 24 Hours (FR). Despite the fact Andy Priaulx (GB) should have been able to finish the lap without any ...

BMW pre-race news

Jorg Muller and Dirk Muller are first up for BMW in Le Mans. Le Mans, 12th June 2010. The countdown to the Le Mans 24 Hours (FR) is on. At 15:00hrs, Team BMW Motorsport's two BMW M3 GT2 cars will launch their campaign in the endurance classic at ...

BMW interview with Mario Theissen

Mario Theissen: "Our learning curve is a steep one." Le Mans, 11th June 2010. This year, BMW faces the challenge of Le Mans (FR) for the first time since its victory there in 1999. For Mario Theissen, the 24-hour race eleven years ago was the ...

BMW M3 GT2 preview

BMW M3 GT2 ready for the challenge of Le Mans. Munich, 4th June 2010. Following the triumph at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife (DE) in May, Team BMW Motorsport is looking forward to the next highlight of the season on 12th and 13th June 2010: the Le ...

BMW M3 GT2 Art Car world premiere notes

Jeff Koons' BMW M3 GT2 Art Car celebrates world premiere in Paris. Paris, 2nd June 2010. At the premiere of the 17th BMW Art Car Jeff Koons unveiled and signed his car in front of 300 international VIP guests on 1st June in the Centre Pompidou, ...

Nurburgring 24H: BMW race report

RaceStrong return to the "Green Hell": Team BMW Motorsport wins the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring. Nurburgring (DE), 16th May 2010. Team BMW Motorsport has made a triumphant return and won the 2010 24-hour race at the ...

Nurburgring 24H: BMW interview with Mario Theissen

An interview with Mario Theissen: "We are right on schedule". Nurburgring, 13th May 2010. Following the conclusion of its intense preparation programme, the focus for Team BMW Motorsport is now on this weekend's 24-hour race at the Nurburgring ...

EU: Series Barcelona preview

Formula BMW Europe Rounds 1 and 2 Barcelona. Formula BMW Europe is ready for the off in Spain. Munich. After four official tests it is now time for the 14 different nationalities represented by the competitors in Formula BMW Europe to take to ...

BMW outlines future motorsport programme

BMW outlines future motorsport programme.Munich, 29th April 2010. Motorsport will continue to play a leading role at BMW, with plans now being implemented for an extensive programme. BMW will significantly expand its activities in the field ...

BMW announces intention to contest 2012 DTM season

BMW will turn its premier motor racing focus to Germany's touring car championship DTM in 2012. After ten years in Formula One, the German carmaker ended its Grand Prix foray at the end of 2009. In a statement on Thursday, BMW said its board has ...

Sries newsletter 2010-04-23

NEXT STOP: MARRAKECH, MOROCCO The FIA WTCC is about to resume after a one month break following the cancellation of the second event of the season that was due to take place at Puebla, Mexico, on April 21st. The 3rd and 4th rounds of the season ...

Nurburgring 24H: BMW preview

The countdown has started for the Nurburgring 24-hour race. Munich, 14th April 2010. Team BMW Motorsport is just one month away from one of the highlights of the season: the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife (DE). On Wednesday a press ...

NGK stays Technical Partner of BMW

NGK remains Technical Partner of BMW Motorsport in 2010. Munich, 8th April 2010. Over four years down the line, the successful partnership between BMW Motorsport and NGK Spark Plug Co. Ltd. is entering its next stage: the successful cooperation ...

BMW Art Car to enter Le Mans

17th BMW Art Car lines up at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. New York, 6th April 2010. Team BMW Motorsport will compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a work of art on four wheels: the no. 79 BMW M3 GT2 has been designed as a "rolling sculpture" by Jeff ...

RACE: Robert Thiele earns 2009 BMW Sports Trophy

BMW Awarded SCCA Racer Robert Thiele BMW Sports Trophy For Second Consecutive Year Robert Thiele scored 11th place in the global BMW privateer driver competition, and was the only US driver in top 25 award ranks. SCCA Jersey Racing Board ...

Randstad is Official Partner of BMW Motorsport

Randstad is Official Partner of BMW Motorsport. Munich, 18th March 2010. Randstad is joining forces with BMW Motorsport on the endurance circuit. The leading provider of HR services in Germany will be involved in the 24-hour races at the ...

H&R new Technical Partner of BMW Motorsport

H&R new Technical Partner of BMW Motorsport. Munich, 16th March 2010. H&R is the new Technical Partner of BMW Motorsport. The specialist for suspension components will be involved as the BMW M3 GT2 takes to the track for this year's 24-hour races.

Gauteng terminates Sauber sponsor deal

The South African province Gauteng has decided to wind up its motor sport programme. The Gauteng Motor Sport Company earlier looked into reviving a South African Grand Prix, and sponsored the Renault and BMW-Sauber teams. BMW motor sport ...