Sauber database

Sauber

Peter Sauber sold the family business (that manufactured traffic lights) so that he could start building cars for the Swiss Hillclimb Championship. Sports cars followed in the mid-1970s and Herbert Müller won the 1976 Interserie with a Sauber C5-BMW.

It was an engine deal with Mercedes-Benz that transformed Sauber’s fortunes from 1985. Mike Thackwell and Henri Pescarolo won the following year’s Nürburgring 1000Kms and the team challenged Jaguar for the world title two years later. Winners of the 1989 Le Mans 24 Hours and World Champions that year and the next, Formula 1 was next on the horizon.

Sauber made its F1 debut at the 1993 South African GP – JJ Lehto finishing fifth that day. With Mercedes-Benz forging a long-term partnership with McLaren, Sauber switched to works Ford units in 1995 and Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished third in Italy. The team were powered by Ferrari engines from 1997 and Jean Alesi qualified for the 1998 Austrian GP on the front row only to crash out of the race.

BMW bought Sauber in 2006 and officially renamed it BMW Sauber F1 Team. Robert Kubica – a star in the making – won the 2008 Canadian GP but BMW decided to withdraw from the sport at the end of the following season when victim to the worsening world economy.

Back at the helm once more, Sauber spent the next years struggling to finance a midfield F1 team. There have been occasions when they appeared on the verge of repeating Kubica’s success – most notably when Sergio Pérez finished second in the 2012 Malaysian GP. Only a half spin while closing on Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari denied victory.

Peter Sauber semi-retired in October 2012, handing Team Principal duties to CEO Monisha Kaltenborn. It was sold to Longbow Finance, a Swiss investment company, in 2016 and Frédéric Vasser replaced Kaltenborn during the following year. Sauber had used Ferrari engines since BMW’s withdrawal and the ever closer technical partnership with the Fiat-owned marque led to sponsorship from Alfa Romeo in 2018, with the cars officially rebranded for the 2019 campaign.

Seasons

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

2018 F1 World Championship

Antonio Giovinazzi

0

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

8

Charles Leclerc

21

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

8

Marcus Ericsson

21

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

8

2017 F1 World Championship

Antonio Giovinazzi

2

Sauber F1 Team

10

Marcus Ericsson

20

Sauber F1 Team

10

Pascal Wehrlein

19

Sauber F1 Team

10

Charles Leclerc

0

Sauber F1 Team

10

2016 F1 World Championship

Felipe Nasr

21

Sauber F1 Team

10

Marcus Ericsson

21

Sauber F1 Team

10

2015 F1 World Championship

Raffaele Marciello

0

Sauber F1 Team

8

Felipe Nasr

18

Sauber F1 Team

8

Marcus Ericsson

19

Sauber F1 Team

8

2014 F1 World Championship

Sergey Sirotkin

0

Sauber F1 Team

10

Giedo van der Garde

0

Sauber F1 Team

10

Esteban Gutierrez

19

Sauber F1 Team

10

Adderly Fong

0

Sauber F1 Team

10

Adrian Sutil

19

Sauber F1 Team

10

2013 F1 World Championship

Nico Hulkenberg

18

Sauber F1 Team

7

Esteban Gutierrez

19

Sauber F1 Team

7

2012 F1 World Championship

Sergio Perez

20

Sauber F1 Team

6

Esteban Gutierrez

0

Sauber F1 Team

6

Kamui Kobayashi

20

Sauber F1 Team

6

2011 F1 World Championship

Sergio Perez

18

Sauber F1 Team

7

Pedro de la Rosa

1

Sauber F1 Team

7

Kamui Kobayashi

19

Sauber F1 Team

7

2010 F1 World Championship

Kamui Kobayashi

19

BMW Sauber F1 Team

8

Pedro de la Rosa

13

BMW Sauber F1 Team

8

Nick Heidfeld

5

BMW Sauber F1 Team

8

2009 F1 World Championship

Robert Kubica

17

BMW Sauber F1 Team

6

Nick Heidfeld

17

BMW Sauber F1 Team

6

2008 F1 World Championship

Robert Kubica

18

BMW Sauber F1 Team

3

Nick Heidfeld

18

BMW Sauber F1 Team

3

2007 F1 World Championship

Nick Heidfeld

17

BMW Sauber F1 Team

2

Robert Kubica

16

BMW Sauber F1 Team

2

Sebastian Vettel

8

BMW Sauber F1 Team

2

2006 F1 World Championship

Robert Kubica

6

BMW Sauber F1 Team

5

Nick Heidfeld

18

BMW Sauber F1 Team

5

Jacques Villeneuve

12

BMW Sauber F1 Team

5

Sebastian Vettel

0

BMW Sauber F1 Team

5

2005 F1 World Championship

Felipe Massa

18

Sauber Petronas

8

Jacques Villeneuve

18

Sauber Petronas

8

2004 F1 World Championship

Giancarlo Fisichella

18

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

6

Felipe Massa

18

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

6

2003 F1 World Championship

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

6

Nick Heidfeld

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

6

2002 F1 World Championship

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

14

Sauber Petronas

5

Felipe Massa

16

Sauber Petronas

5

Nick Heidfeld

17

Sauber Petronas

5

2001 F1 World Championship

Kimi Raikkonen

17

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

4

Nick Heidfeld

17

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

4

2000 F1 World Championship

Pedro Diniz

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

8

Mika Salo

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

8

1999 F1 World Championship

Jean Alesi

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

8

Pedro Diniz

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

8

1998 F1 World Championship

Jean Alesi

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

6

Johnny Herbert

16

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

6

1997 F1 World Championship

Gianni Morbidelli

7

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

7

Nicola Larini

5

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

7

Norberto Fontana

4

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

7

Johnny Herbert

17

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

7

1996 F1 World Championship

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

16

Red Bull Sauber Ford

7

Johnny Herbert

16

Red Bull Sauber Ford

7

1995 F1 World Championship

Jean-Christophe Boullion

11

Red Bull Sauber Ford

7

Karl Wendlinger

6

Red Bull Sauber Ford

7

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

17

Red Bull Sauber Ford

7

1994 F1 World Championship

Andrea de Cesaris

11

Broker Sauber Mercedes

8

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

16

Broker Sauber Mercedes

8

Karl Wendlinger

4

Broker Sauber Mercedes

8

Andrea de Cesaris

11

Sauber Mercedes

8

JJ Lehto

8

Sauber Mercedes

8

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

16

Sauber Mercedes

8

1993 F1 World Championship

JJ Lehto

16

Sauber

6

Karl Wendlinger

16

Sauber

6

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1980 BMW M1 Procar

Walter Nussbaumer

4

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Manfred Schurti

5

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Marc Surer

6

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1979 European F3 Championship

Beat Blatter

2

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Max Welti

2

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Eddy Kobelt

1

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Season Driver Number of Races Entrant Cons Pos Results

1991 World Sportscar Championship

Kurt Thiim

1

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Jean-Louis Schlesser

9

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Stanley Dickens

1

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Alain Ferte

1

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Karl Wendlinger

8

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Michael Schumacher

8

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Fritz Kreutzpointner

1

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Jochen Mass

8

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Jonathan Palmer

2

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship

Jochen Mass

9

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Jean-Louis Schlesser

9

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Mauro Baldi

9

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Michael Schumacher

4

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Heinz-Harald Frentzen

1

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Karl Wendlinger

4

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship

Jean-Louis Schlesser

8

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Mauro Baldi

8

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Kenneth Acheson

8

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Jochen Mass

7

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship

Mauro Baldi

10

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Kenneth Acheson

1

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Stefan Johansson

4

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Klaus Niedzwiedz

0

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Philippe Streiff

2

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Jean-Louis Schlesser

11

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Jochen Mass

9

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

James Weaver

3

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship

Chip Ganassi

1

Kouros Racing

U

Hideki Okada

2

Kouros Racing

U

Johnny Dumfries

7

Kouros Racing

U

Manuel Reuter

2

Kouros Racing

U

Jean-Louis Schlesser

1

Kouros Racing

U

Henri Pescarolo

3

Kouros Racing

U

Mike Thackwell

6

Kouros Racing

U

1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship

Henri Pescarolo

6

Kouros Racing

U

Christian Danner

1

Kouros Racing

U

Mike Thackwell

4

Kouros Racing

U

Dieter Quester

1

Kouros Racing

U

John Nielsen

3

Kouros Racing

U

1985 World Endurance Championship

Max Welti

0

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

John Nielsen

2

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

Dieter Quester

0

Team Sauber Mercedes

U

1983 World Endurance Championship

Tony Garcia

1

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Fulvio Ballabio

1

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Diego Montoya

1

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Albert Naon

1

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Max Welti

1

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

1982 World Endurance Championship

Sigi Muller jr

5

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Walter Brun

5

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

1981 World Endurance Championship

David Deacon

5

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Marc Surer

6

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

Dieter Quester

4

Sauber Racing Switzerland

U

1977 World Championship of Sportscars

Loris Kessel

1

Sauber

U

Romeo Camathias

5

Sauber

U

Eugen Strahl

7

Sauber

U

Peter Bernhard

5

Sauber

U

1976 World Championship of Sportscars

Eugen Strahl

2

Sauber

U

Rodolfo Cescato

3

Sauber

U

Herbert Muller

4

Sauber

U

Charly Schirmer

1

Sauber

U

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