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A fond farewell for Peter Sauber 15 Oct 2005

Peter Sauber (SUI) Sauber Team Owner 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 23 July 2005

This weekend marks Peter Sauber’s last Grand Prix as boss of his famous Formula One team. Ahead of the race, long-time Sauber sponsors Credit Suisse held a special party to say goodbye.

The setting was Sens & Bund, Shanghai's only three-star restaurant, with a sensational rooftop view looking out over the rolling Yangtze river.

Along with drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Giancarlo Fisichella, some of Formula One racing's most famous personalities including Bernie Ecclestone, FIA Max Mosley and Ferrari’s Jean Todt, were there to pay their respects to Peter Sauber and his achievements.

A touched Sauber commented: "Saying goodbye to something fantastic is very difficult. However in the past ten years I have faced many difficult situations so I am confident that I will handle this one too. In recent weeks people have asked me if I will miss F1 - the answer is yes of course.

"Of course I'm sad and there are many people I will miss after spending so many years with them, but I feel very good about handing Sauber Petronas over to BMW. I feel honoured and moved that so many people have shared this evening with me. Special thanks must go to Oswald Grubel, CEO of Credit Suisse for organizing such a fantastic evening and sharing such a fantastic partnership."

The theme for the evening was ‘Moments in Time’, celebrating Sauber’s 13 years in Formula One. During dinner, images spanning those years were displayed around the exclusive venue, including pictures of him with his many former drivers. Todt also gave a speech honouring the man who gave Switzerland a Formula One team - something many thought impossible, until Peter Sauber proved them wrong.

Commenting on the event Bernie Ecclestone said: "The evening has been superb, a very special evening to celebrate the career of one of Formula One's most dedicated and best loved characters."

The paddock will miss him.