Sauber F1 Team info & statistics

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Team Principal: Frédèrik Vasseur
CountrySwitzerland Switzerland
First Race1993 South African Grand Prix
Last Race2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Best Qualifying2nd - (3 times)
Best Result2nd - (2 times)
First Podium1995 Italian Grand Prix
Last Podium2012 Japanese Grand Prix
2018 Budget: € 135 million
Employees: 430
Engines used by Sauber:
Sauber (1993),
Ilmor (1993),
Mercedes (1994),
Ford (1995-1996),
Petronas (1997-2005),
Ferrari (2011-2018)

Sauber F1 statistics

Race Entries376
Race Starts375
Race Wins0
Podium Finishes2
Pole Positions0
Fastest Laps3
Total Points513
Total Laps36841

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Sauber 2018 F1 drivers

9. Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson F1 Stats

Race Starts97
Race Wins0
Pole Positions0
Fastest Laps0
Points Finishes11 (11,3%)
Retirements24 (24,7%)
Total Points18
Total Laps4.898

16. Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc F1 Stats

Race Starts54
Race Wins2 (3,7%)
Pole Positions7 (13,0%)
Fastest Laps4 (7,4%)
Podiums12 (22,2%)
Points Finishes35 (64,8%)
Retirements12 (22,2%)
Wins from pole2
Frontrow Starts8
Total Points378
Total Laps2.866

Sauber F1 Team Drivers List

Sweden Marcus Ericsson81000004183018
Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen65002202935042
Brazil Felipe Massa52000002714027
Germany Nick Heidfeld50001102602025
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert49002202265020
Brazil Felipe Nasr39000002169029
Japan Kamui Kobayashi39001102046190
Mexico Esteban Gutierrez3800000196616
Mexico Sergio Pérez37021301833180
Brazil Pedro Diniz3300000132503
France Jean Alesi32001101515011
Austria Karl Wendlinger25000001144011
Monaco Charles Leclerc21000001059039
Germany Adrian Sutil190000086100
Finland Jyrki Järvilehto180000075705
Germany Pascal Wehrlein180000095205
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella18000001032022
Canada Jacques Villeneuve1800000103309
Germany Nico Hülkenberg18000001044051
Finland Mika Salo170000087206
Finland Kimi Räikkönen160000075609
France Jean-Christophe Boullion110000053503
Italy Andrea de Cesaris90000027301
Italy Gianni Morbidelli70000035500
Italy Nicola Larini50000027701
Argentina Norberto Fontana40000021000
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi2000005800
Spain Pedro de la Rosa1000007000



Sauber F1 cars



Sauber F1 Team History

Kimi Raikkonen Sauber C20 Monaco 2001

Raikkonen in Sauber C20 (2001)

In 1993 Suisse car owner Peter Sauber saw his dream come true when his Sauber team were admitted into Formula One. At last the popular owner had a Formula One car with his name splashed down the sides. His team have rarely threatened at the front of the grid, their only major challenge came in 2008 when they were called BMW Sauber, but Sauber are one of the more popular teams on the gird.

There forte has always been blooding young drivers. World Champion Kimi Raikkonen and race winner Felipe Massa have both started their careers with Sauber, while in recent years talented youngsters Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Pérez have been given a chance. The team has always enjoyed a friendly relationship with Ferrari, who encourages their novices such as Massa to gain experience with the team.
Robert Kubica crash at Canada 2007 F1 GP

Kubica crash at Canada 2007

Sauber have mainly been the ultimate midfield team with the odd podium here and there and consistently finish about 7th in the constructor’s standings. However when BMW came in 2006 they had the wish to win the title.

Robert Kubica had one of the biggest crashes ever seen in Formula 1. He crashed in to a wall at full speed during the 2007 Canadian GP and was unhurt. This severe crash showed the unbelievable strength of the carbon mono-cock  Formula 1 cars use to get through the safety test of the FIA.

With star driver Robert Kubica driving for them the team was in the hunt for the 2008 world championship, with Kubica winning the teams only ever race in Canada. Ultimately he fell short of winning the title as Lewis Hamilton and McLaren won , but it seemed a positive stride had been taken by the team.

Nico Hulkenberg driving the Sauber C32 at 2013 Malaysian F1 GP

Hulkenberg, Sauber C32 Malaysia

However just a year later BMW announced their withdrawal from the sport and sold their share back to founder Peter Sauber. The team retook its original name and, unfortunately, retook its position back in the middle of the pack.

In 2012 they did had on of their best season ever as private team. Mexican driver Sergio Pérez was a right fit and unique car design of the C32 was remarkable narrow, which gave them a huge top speed advantage. Perez won 3 podiums with the car (Malaysia, Canada and Italy) and Sauber ended up on 6th place.

Financial problems have arisen for Sauber and they have been forced to sign young drivers who bring in lucrative sponsorship. Their future in the sport is unclear, but everyone will be pulling for one of the grids most popular teams.

Pascal Wehrlein Sauber & Felipe Massa Williams on track at Spanish GP F1/2017

Pascal Wehrlein Sauber & Felipe Massa Williams on track at Spanish GP F1/2017

In 2017 Sauber went trough a financial crisis again. They had Marcus Ericsson (pay driver) and Pascal Wehrlein as their drivers that season. Ericsson didn't score a single point and retired 7 times. Former DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein who was connected with Mercedes scored 5 points for the team and retired only 3 times.

The team ended up on 10th and last place in the 2017 constructors championship. Half way the season Sauber's team principal Monisha Kaltenborn was replaced by Eric Vasseur, who switched over as team principal at the Renault F1 team and Sauber closed a deal with Ferrari to become their B-team for 2018.

In 2018 Pascal Wehrlein was replaced by Ferrari young driver program member Charles Leclerc who became the 2017 GP2 Champ and is regarded as one of the biggest talents for the future.

Part of the Ferrari deal was that the Sauber team name would change to Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 and that the cars of 2018 would get the newest Ferrari engine spec. instead of last years.

For the 2019 season the team name of Sauber changed to Alfa Romeo Racing just before the launch of their C39 car. All information about that team had to be place on a new page.



Sauber F1 Team Achievements

Sauber F1 Team Finish Positions

2nd2 Times
3rd8 Times
4th19 Times
5th23 Times
6th45 Times
7th41 Times
8th40 Times
9th55 Times
10th54 Times
11th48 Times
12th29 Times
13th36 Times
14th34 Times
15th31 Times
16th19 Times
17th10 Times
18th6 Times
19th4 Times
20th3 Times
21st1 Time
DNF227 Times
DSQ4 Times
WD3 Times
DNS8 Times

Sauber F1 Team Championship Positions




Latest Sauber F1 Team News

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May 16, 2020 with 0 Comments

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November 4, 2019 with 0 Comments

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March 11, 2019 with 3 Comments

Female driver to race in Formula 2

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February 25, 2019 with 0 Comments

Peter Sauber: Sauber name still involved in F1

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February 19, 2019 with 0 Comments

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Ferrari parent could now buy Sauber

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February 6, 2019 with 2 Comments

Report: Alfa to reveal innovative 2019 car

Sauber - now called Alfa Romeo - could have a surprise in store with the design of its 2019 car. That is the claim of Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport. The authoritative sports..

February 4, 2019 with 1 Comment

Sauber gets 2019 budget boost with new name

Feb.2 - Sauber will reportedly enjoy a big budget boost in 2019. The Hinwil based team has a new name for the new season -- Alfa Romeo Racing. "Alfa Romeo Racing, operated by..

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