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Sauber

Full Team Name: Sauber F1 Team
Base: Hinwil, Switzerland
Team Chief: Monisha Kaltenborn
Technical Chief: Eric Gandelin
Drivers: Esteban Gutierrez
  Adrian Sutil
Test Drivers: Giedo van der Garde
   
Chassis: C33
Power Unit: Ferrari
Tyres: Pirelli
First Season: 1993
World Championships: 0
Highest Race Finish: 1 (x1)
Pole Positions: 1
Fastest Laps: 5
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Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race Day, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 9 June 2013

2013

C32 notable at launch for unique narrow sidepod design, but initially fails to live up to expectations. Benefits significantly from mid-season tyre revisions, with Hulkenberg qualifying third and finishing fifth in Italy as team score 50 of 57 season points in last eight rounds.

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday, 25 March 2012

2012

Season starts well, with Perez earning high praise for impressive podiums in Malaysia and Canada. C31 proves a competent, all-round package and, though inconsistent, Perez and Kobayashi add further podiums in Italy and Japan in the second half of the season.

Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 6 May 2011

2011

Strong first half of season from Kobayashi and Perez, with regular Q3 presences and top-ten finishes. Perez misses Monaco after qualifying crash, then sits out Canada where Pedro de la Rosa steps in. Difficult end to year but Perez and Kobayashi stay for 2012.

Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber C29 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Saturday, 3 April 2010

2010

Ferrari-powered C29's pace and reliability initially disappoints. Long-term technical director Willy Rampf replaced by James Key, ex-Force India. Performance gradually improves, with regular top-ten appearances. Nick Heidfeld replaces Pedro de la Rosa for final five rounds.

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.09.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 25 July 2009

2009

Slow to adjust to new regulations. Podiums in Malaysia & Brazil are rare highlights in tough year in which they drop to sixth in standings. BMW announce they will withdraw from F1 at end of season and in November sell team back to founder Peter Sauber.

Race winner Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 and second placed Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1 celebrate.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 8 June 2008

2008

Radical F1.08 proves highly effective, powering Robert Kubica to the team's first win in Canada and turning them into genuine title contenders, with podiums at nine other races. Late-season developments less effective, but still finish third with an impressive 135 points.

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.07 crashes.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 10 June 2007

2007

From the outset occupy the 'best of the rest' slot behind Ferrari and McLaren, scoring in all 17 races, including two podiums. Heidfeld proves the dominant driver, but despite a brutal accident in Canada, Kubica also records several strong finishes.

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.06
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, 6 August 2006

2006

Fifth in standings in first campaign under BMW control, despite early reliability problems. Part company with Jacques Villeneuve mid season, replacement Robert Kubica scoring Italian podium, matching team mate Nick Heidfeld's Hungarian result.

Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) Sauber Petronas C24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, 28 May 2005

2005

In June, Peter Sauber announces he is to step down as team principal after negotiating a takeover by BMW for 2006.

Peter Sauber (SUI) Sauber Team Principal presents departing driver Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Sauber with a signed barge board.
Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 24 October 2004

2004

Major wind tunnel investment pays off handsomely with impressively consistent season. Score points in 12 races to finish a lonely sixth in the constructors' table. Sign former champion Jacques Villeneuve for 2005.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (GER) Sauber Petronas C22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours, France, 5 July 2003

2003

Difficult season, with points at only five (mostly wet) races. Best result Indianapolis, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen third, Nick Heidfeld fifth. Also sees team lead a Grand Prix for first time. Both drivers dropped for '04. Sixth in constructors' championship.

Felipe Massa (BRA) had a torrid weekend for Sauber, receiving two stop/go penalties and eventually retiring.
French Grand Prix, Rd11, Magny Cours, France., 21 July 2002

2002

Eleven points is enough to give team fifth place in the constructors' championship. The best result of the season is fourth and fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Sauber team celebrate a points finish for both drivers British Grand Prix Qualifying, Silverstone 14 July 2001. Copyright Free for Editorial Use

2001

The team's best ever season with fourth place in the constructors' championship.

Peter Sauber and Mika Salo, right Italian GP, Monza, 10 September 2000. World © Sutton

2000

Finish eighth in the constructors' championship with only six points. The highest finishes are two fifth places in Germany and Monaco. Both cars withdrawn from the Brazilian Grand Prix after spectacular rear wing failures.

Norberto Fontana (ARG) Sauber Petronas C16 watches qualifying unfold on his monitor. Formula One World Championship, French Grand Prix, Rd8, Magny-Cours, France, 29th June 1997. World © Sutton

1997

Best performance of the season is Johnny Herbert's third in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Johnny Herbert (GBR) Sauber Cosworth C15, makes a pit stop. British Grand Prix, Rd10, Silverstone, England. 14th July 1996. World © Sutton

1996

Johnny Herbert third for the team at the Monaco Grand Prix, team mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen taking fourth place. Team finish seventh in the constructors' championship.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (GER) Sauber Cosworth C14. Monaco Grand Prix, Rd5, Monte Carlo, Monaco. 28th May 1995. World © Sutton

1995

Team achieve first podium as Heinz-Harald Frentzen finishes third at Monza.

J.J. Lehto (FIN) Sauber C12 gets a little sideways coming out of the hairpin. French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours, 4 July 1993. World © Sutton

1993

Team manage a scoring finish in their first Grand Prix with J.J. Lehto taking fifth in South Africa. End the season sixth in the constructors' championship with 12 points.