Mario Theissen: Farewell to all that

Mario Theissen: Farewell to all that

As Mario Theissen retires, the former BMW Motorsport chief looks back at his achievements and his time in F1 with AUTOSPORT's Jonathan Noble. In an exclusive interview, Theissen recalls the Williams years and the 2008 title-chase with Robert Kubica among other highlights of a 34-year career

"I remember a test day in Jerez in January 2000 where we blew up three or four engines in the first few hours. All of them were on the first lap, at the same corner of the circuit. We did it until we understood that we had to preheat the oil…"

Mario Theissen can look back now and laugh about the early headaches of BMW's return to Formula 1 at the beginning of the last decade. But at the time, his was a job that delivered as much stress as it did success.

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