BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen said, during the launch presentation of the new F1.08, that his team is ready to supply engines to other Formula One teams. From 2000 to 2005, BMW supplied Williams with engines before buying Sauber and starting with the BMW Sauber F1 Team in 2006.
Mario Theissen said during the launch event: "Since last year we are in a position to do this because our capacity exceeds what we need under the new regulations. On the other hand my view is that at least from next year on, an independent team will not only buy the new engine but also the entire powertrain, consisting of the KERS system including storage and electronics, so it will become a bigger business and I think it makes sense to take this route. So if we are approached by another team and it is a good fit I could imagine to do it."