Having enjoyed considerable success in world sportscars, where he helped nurture the emerging talents of future F1 stars Michael Schumacher and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Peter Sauber guided his eponymous squad into F1 racing in 1993. The Swiss team has since established itself as a mainstay of the F1 grid, becoming race winners under BMW’s brief ownership, and developing a well-earned reputation not only for producing competitive cars, but also for developing young drivers.
Lack of funding in the first part of the year means limited development, leaving the team woefully off the pace. Matters improve after mid-season arrival of new owners, and Felipe Nasr scores the only two points of their campaign at the penultimate round in Brazil, giving them a last-gasp top-ten finish in the final standings ahead of Manor.
Recover to eighth in the standings with much-improved C34 car. Rookie driver Felipe Nasr proves a revelation, his partnership with Marcus Ericsson garnering points at nine of the season's 19 rounds.
Endure worst season in team's history, ending a campaign pointless for the first time. Despite Sutil's and Gutierrez's best efforts, uncompetitive C33 proves hard to master and the former's 11th places in Australia and Hungary are their best results.