We will press ahead with an alternative new series - Theissen

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BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen looks back to the eight round of the 2009 Formula One World Championship, the British Grand Prix at the historic circuit of Silverstone. Theissen also discusses the political side of the weekend.

Mario Theissen: "We are not happy with what we achieved in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Securing 12th and 15th positions on the grid was less than what we had expected - and, from there, securing a better result in a race with just two retirements proved to be virtually impossible… even more so as Nick's front wing was damaged in a first-corner incident. Now, prior to the race at the Nürburgring in three weeks time, we will have to work hard, We will continue accelerating our development programme.

"Meanwhile, there was also a lot of off-track activity this weekend. Up to the last moment, the teams' association, FOTA, tried to find an agreement with the world association but unfortunately the FIA remained unaccommodating and insisted that the teams should enlist for the coming season and only afterwards would the rules be discussed. This approach was unacceptable for us. After all, nobody wishing to buy a new car signs the contract and discusses the price and features afterwards.

"We were accused of not being ready to reduce costs, but the opposite is the case. Since its foundation in September 2008, FOTA has advocated cost reductions in Formula One, while increasing its appeal and supporting independent teams. In this short period of time we have achieved more than ever before in the history of the sport. From next year, for instance, an independent team will have to pay just a fifth of what it had to pay in 2006 for its engines.

"Nonetheless, the FIA wasn't ready to agree to the teams' requests. FOTA hasn't closed the door but, nevertheless, we will press ahead with the planning of an alternative new series with the best teams and drivers."

Source BMW Sauber