Sauber Closing In on BMW Deal

The Sauber team have more than a 50 percent chance of landing a deal to use BMW engines next season, according to BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen

Sauber Closing In on BMW Deal

Theissen, whose company had been discussing a supply to the Red Bull team, said Sauber were now the only team they were talking to after the Austrian-owned squad announced a deal with Ferrari to use their engines in 2006.

"There is no decision yet," Theissen said of the Sauber deal. "I can only say that talks are going well. The probability of coming to an agreement is higher than 50 percent."

Theissen said Sauber would get the same engines as Williams, but there would still be a special relationship with the former champions.

"As it looks now, Williams is certainly more than just a team we supply with engines. It is a cooperation that goes beyond engine supply and there is no decision to change that," he said.

Peter Sauber said that while his team had enjoyed nine 'excellent years' with Ferrari, they were "sure that we will have a very competitive engine next year."

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