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Ecclestone: BMW didn't hit targets

Bernie Ecclestone, 2009Formula 1 supreme Bernie Ecclestone believes BMW's failure to win the world championship this year could be behind its anticipated withdrawal from the sport.

The German car manufacturer is to hold a press conference this morning to announce plans relating to its motor sport activities.

Although there has been no official news from the team, it is expected that it will pull out of F1 at the end of this season.

And Ecclestone believes that failure on track could have prompted the decision.

"Recently when I spoke to Mario Theissen, the team manager, he said they had three years to win the world championship," Ecclestone told BBC Radio Five Live.

"That's what he wanted to do and he was quite confident they would. But it appears it's not quite been like that, so perhaps that's why they've (chosen) to stop."

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