With the recent announcement that BMW is backing the MS Amlin Andretti team, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt and team owner Michael Andretti discuss the partnership and their expectations. The season opener in Hong Kong is scheduled 9 October.
“We obviously add our know-how and development expertise to this equation. We will have people on site at the racetrack, and our staff will evaluate the data back home in Munich,” Marquardt explains.
“Through us, Andretti has access to the BMW facilities, which we also use at BMW Motorsport: the wind tunnel, test rigs and much more. Andretti employees have already been out to Munich, and we have visited the team in the USA. The partnership is already a very close one.”
The goals are clear. Andretti says that both are building on a rich motorsport tradition and that success is for that reason an important aspect.
“What makes our brands so complimentary to each other is Andretti and BMW are both in it to win,” claims Andretti. “While the foundation of our history is important, you can’t just look back – you always have to continue pushing to run up front and win races and that is what we are all about.”
“The key to success in motorsport is to look forward and be innovative,” adds Marquardt. “If you’re not moving forwards, you’re heading backwards. For this reason, you have to keep working all the time and ensure that you never stop developing. At BMW Motorsport, we are fortunate enough to be very close to our colleagues in the production department and to be able to incorporate all the innovations that come out of BMW AG. The network is absolutely huge. We also benefit from this in Formula E. We have gained good experience in series production with the BMW i models, and are able to transfer these findings straight into motorsport.
“In recent years, BMW has established a leading position in the automobile industry in the field of electric mobility, which is forever growing in importance. Production development will, in turn, also benefit from the knowledge acquired through racing in Formula E.”
Andretti expects that the new formation should be running up front. “To be running in the top five every race, win some races and hopefully at the end of the season be running in championship contention,” he says.
Marquardt adds: “For us, season three heralds a new phase in Formula E. Together with Andretti, we are charged with improving the package and laying the foundations, on which we can be successful in the long term. Every one of us is looking forward to this exciting challenge.”