Sauber, Hockenheimring, 2018


Sauber entered F1 in 1993 using engines supplied by Mercedes, whose world endurance championship team they had run.


For a while they were expected to become Mercedes’ works F1 outfit but that plan changed when Mercedes became engine suppliers to McLaren in 1995.

Active years: 1993-2005, 2011-
Previous identities: BMW (2006-2010)
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Sauber remained as an independent F1 team and eventually switchedto Ferrari engined badged by Petronas. The team was the first destination for several upcoming drivers including Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.

It enjoyed a particularly strong season in 2001 with Raikkonen and Nick Heidfeld taking the team to fourth in the constructors’ championship.

Team owner Peter Sauber sold his team to BMW at the end of 2005 but five years later he was back in charge of the team once more after the car manufacturer withdrew from the sport. He later handed team principal duties to Monisha Kaltenborn.

Following BMW’s departure the team return to using customer Ferrari engines. The team officially took over the Sauber name once again at the beginning of 2011.

Sergio Perez scored the team’s best result as an independent constructor when he finished second in the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.


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CH-8340 Hinwil,

Major team personnel

Board president: Peter Sauber
Team principal: Monisha Kaltenborn
Operations director: Axel Kruse
Technical direcor: Jorg Zander
Chief designer: Eric Gandelin
Head of aerodynamics: Willem Toet
Head of track engineering: Giampaolo Dall’Ara
Head of vehicle dynamics: Benjamin Waterhouse
Team manager: Beat Zehnder
Chief mechanic: Reto Camenzind
Race engineer (Marcus Ericsson):
Race engineer (Felipe Nasr):

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