Posted on February 14, 2014


Sauber have signed female IndyCar racer Simona de Silvestro to a role it has dubbed ‘affiliated driver’. The 25-year-old Swiss driver has been racing in the US since the age of 18, initially competing in Formula BMW and then the Atlantic Championship before graduating to IndyCar, where she has raced for the past four years. Last year, she scored a podium finish with second place in the first race of a double-header in Houston, Texas. She was named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 2010, and placed 13th last season racing for KV Racing Technology. She now joins Sauber More…

Posted on December 21, 2013


Esteban Gutierrez will get a second season as a race driver for the Sauber F1 Team after Carlos Slim’s Telmex company committed to invest in the team once again. Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin will have to settle for the Reserve Driver role, in which he was confirmed today. Slim has been part of the Sauber set up for three seasons now, funding first Sergio Perez’ drive there and more recently Gutierrez. But there is a sense that the Mexican billionaire hasn’t committed the kind of funding he’s capable of to the sport, despite everyone looking to him to do so. More…

Posted on December 14, 2013


With the signing of Adrian Sutil at Sauber following on from Sergio Perez at Force India, the expected pieces of the middle order driver market have been falling into place. There remains the question of who will partner Sutil next season, with Esteban Gutierrez hoping for a second chance, but much will depend on whether Sergey Sirotkin’s money and superlicence are forthcoming. Sutil had been building relationships with Sauber for some time, visiting the factory in Switzerland and his girlfriend could be seen in the paddock in the final races of the season hanging out with Sauber team boss Monisha More…

Posted on October 21, 2013


Sauber F1 Team has been beavering away on a series of videos for its You Tube channel which allow fans to see inside an F1 car – literally! They have cut an F1 car in half and with various technical staff and drivers to explain, they show some key aspects of the car. Nico Hulkenberg shows in cross section how his seat fits, for example, while even fine details like timing transponders are illustrated. Users can click on areas of the car they wish to learn about and a fresh You Tube window plays a video on it. All the More…

Posted on July 15, 2013


The Sauber F1 team has announced a deal with Russian Investors which it hopes will safeguard its future in F1. As part of the deal it is also training up Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin, a 17 year old currently competing in Formula Renault 3.5, to race in F1 next season. Sauber becomes the second F1 team in recent months to take on new investors, following Lotus, which sold 35% of its stock to a US/ Middle East consortium. The Swiss team has been reeling ever since the BMW deal collapsed in 2009, as the German car manufacturer exited the sport More…

Posted on October 26, 2012


Sergio Perez will sit out the Friday morning practice session in India due to the after effects of a cold, although he is scheduled to drive the rest of the weekend. Perez was unwell on Friday, but tweeted on Friday morning in Spanish “Thank you all x worrying, had a fever yesterday but today I am well prepared for the weekend! It was a team decision” – he later tweeted in English a slightly different message, “Thanks to all I’m ready to do the weekend after practice 1..The team decide not to do practice 1 with me, looking forward for More…

Posted on October 11, 2012


Monisha Kaltenborn has become F1′s first woman team principal today, as Sauber F1 Team founder Peter Sauber formally handed over the running of the team to the 41 year old Austrian/Indian lawyer. This move has been coming for some time, Sauber having transferred a third of the shares in the team to her back in May as a prelude to stepping down. Sauber is about to turn 69 and has long planned his succession. One of F1′s best run teams, Sauber has enviable facilities and this year has produced a tremendous car, which has scored four podiums. It is up More…

Posted on October 8, 2012


His future at Sauber is still not clear, but Kamui Kobayashi certainly made sure that the fans in Suzuka felt part of his success, by celebrating with them last night and again this morning at another event. Of all the F1 drivers Kobayashi is probably one of the most active at giving something back to the fans, especially in Japan. He took part in the FOTA Fans Forum at Woking last year and again in Japan this year and has organised many engagements with fans in Japan. “I’ve been busy since the race was over,” he said in a statement More…

Posted on September 20, 2012


Sauber’s Sergio Perez spoke this evening about his desire to get into a top team, claiming that he is “ready” to fight for wins and championships. At the same time he said that he had not had any approaches from top teams, despite speculation that McLaren is interested in him, as a possible partner for Jenson Button. “It’s only my second year in Formula One but I feel ready to do a good job with a top team, to fight for the championship. In that respect I feel ready,” said the 22 year old Mexican, who is the third youngest More…

Posted on August 4, 2012


Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn has credited the growing maturity of the team’s two young drivers as a key factor behind its transformation this season into a competitive Formula 1 force. Aside from its heavily-funded BMW era in 2006-2009, the Swiss outfit has been the epitome of a perennial midfield runner since entering the sport in 1993, with only six podium finishes achieved either side of its manufacturer-owned period heading into this season. However this year enjoying the benefits of what Peter Sauber has already described as the best car ever made at Hinwil, Sergio Perez has added a second and third place More…

Posted on May 30, 2012


Every now and then an F1 team puts out a video that really gets you thinking. Sauber has issued a video which gives a really good insight into how all the technology and components are packaged into an F1 car. They’ve done something very innovative: cutting a car in half, so you see exactly how the engine, the fuel cell and even the driver fit in. Everything is about getting the weight low to the ground. The driver’s backside is only 10mm off the track surface, for example! Sergio Perez lends a hand to show how unnatural the position of More…

Posted on May 16, 2012


Peter Sauber has put the first stage of his succession plan in place by transferring one third of the shares in his Formula 1 team to CEO Monisha Kaltenborn, citing the desire to retain “continuity” for the Hinwil outfit into the long term. Indian-born Kaltenborn has been with the Hinwil-based outfit for over a decade having initially joined to head up its legal department but has was given a front-line chief role by Sauber when the veteran retook control of his eponymous team at the end of 2009 following BMW’s sudden pull-out, becoming Formula 1’s first female chief executive. Sauber More…

Posted on May 29, 2011


After his ferocious accident yesterday, Sergio Perez was due to spend the night in hospital under observation, as doctors assess the concussion he suffered in particular. He escaped without any broken bones. The incident was particularly vivid for his team boss, Peter Sauber, who lived through a similar but far worse accident with Karl Wendlinger in 1994. The Wendlinger accident came a few weeks after the death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at Imola, a time when the sport was already feeling raw. Wendlinger was in a coma and, although he recovered and still races today in GT cars, More…

Posted on January 29, 2011


The Mexican connection is starting to come up trumps for the Sauber team, with the announcement that legendary tequila brand Jose Cuervo has come on board as a partner. Last year Sauber did a life-saving deal with Carlos Slim, whose America Movil company is one of the world’s largest telecoms giants. Along with that deal came two young Mexican drivers, Sergio Perez and reserve driver Esteban Guttierez. The sheer power of America Movil and the two telecoms brands it is using in F1, Claro and Telmex, as well as Slim’s influence in the Latin American market is turning Sauber into More…

Posted on January 5, 2011


BMW Sauber F1 team, 0 wins, 0 podiums, 8th in Constructors’ Championship It was a season of two halves for the team, with a lamentable first half and a fairly positive second half. Kamui Kobayashi turned out to be a real star and he’s the first Japanese driver I’ve encountered who has a big appeal to European fans. I thought Sato would be popular in Europe but it didn’t work out that way, whereas Kobayashi has a real fighting spirit and an air of cool about him which makes him a fan favourite. His bold pass on Alonso in the More…

Posted on December 1, 2010


Sauber has issued an interesting Q&A with its team principal and 100% shareholder Peter Sauber at the end of a very turbulent season for the Swiss team. It started with a desperate situation and ended with a lifesaving deal with the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim and a new Mexican influence on the team. Sauber confirms that at this stage this is purely a sponsorship deal, by Slim’s Telmex company, with no equity transfer. But clearly he is looking at how he can make his exit. In today’s Q&A he talks up next year’s Sauber Ferrari package, “We’re setting our More…

Posted on September 7, 2010


Kamui Kobayashi has done enough to secure his place in Formula 1 with Sauber for 2011, the team announced this morning. The 23 year old Japanese driver has proved a firm favourite with fans all over the world for his fighting spirit and although we didn’t see much of it in the early part of this season, when the Sauber car was disappointingly slow and unreliable, in recent races he has been able to show a little of his flare. He has 21 points on the board from points finishes in Istanbul, Valencia, Silverstone, Budapest and Spa. A highlight was More…

Posted on April 8, 2010


Peter Sauber has just issued a Q & A with himself about the team’s poor start to the season and the changeover in the technical department with ex Force India technical director James Key coming in to replace Willi Rampf. The team has been through a lot in the last 12 months. Last season, as BMW Sauber, it failed to build on the success of the 2008 season and had a disappointing car for the 2009 campaign. In August BMW announced that it was pulling out, although it has left behind its name and a toned down version of its More…



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