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A profile of the Sauber Formula 1 team

Sergio Perez, Peter Sauber and Kamui Kobayashi line up for the Sauber launch
Sauber will run Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi as drivers in 2012


"Sauber did another solid job last season with their two drivers delivering some strong performances.

"Sergio Perez had a very impressive rookie year and was particularly impressive at managing his tyres during the races.

"The Mexican had a big crash at Monaco, but he bounced back and over the course of the year got the upperhand over his more experienced team-mate Kamui Kobayashi who was also at his adventurous and daring best.

"Team boss Peter Sauber is the nicest man in Formula 1 and he runs the team very efficiently and very professionally. It's a slick operation.

"However, it is a cut and thrust business and Peter has yet to win a grand prix. Unfortunately I think the level of competition is so strong, it's going to be difficult to change that statistic this season."


What is F1's biggest challenge?

To deliver the show that the fans want to see.

Does F1 need road-car manufacturers?

Yes, If not with their own team then as an engine supplier.


Nationality: Swiss
Headquarters: Hinwil (Switzerland)
Debut season: 1993
Test/reserve driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Team principal: Peter Sauber
Engine: Ferrari
2011 position: 7th
Constructors' titles 0

The best piece of advice I have ever given a driver is...

I can't remember - this means that whatever my advice was, it was maybe not so impressive.

The best piece of advice I have ever received is...

Stay as you are.

Are you a wheeler-dealer or a techie?

I am team principal, entrepreneur, I drove races myself and I built cars. This is a quite unique combination.

What was your first paid job?

I worked in the factory of my dad and earned my first Swiss francs.

What time do you set your alarm clock for?


Can you explain your team's philosophy in three words?

Motivated, efficient, long tradition.

What is special about Sauber?

It's the fact that the team is based in Switzerland, and it has been successful for 40 years.

Why should people support Sauber?

It's a friendly, but serious team which had good success without making much noise away from the track. The team has nurtured young talent and brought some great names into Formula 1.

What is the most difficult thing about being a team boss?

If you leave money aside, which is important in Formula 1, then it's about getting the right people. The people are the most important asset in Formula 1.

Team Sauber 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 0 0
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 6 6
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 1 7
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 1 8
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 3 11
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 10 21
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 6 27
European GP 26 Jun 2011 0 27
British GP 10 Jul 2011 6 33
German GP 24 Jul 2011 2 35
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 0 35
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 0 35
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 0 35
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 1 36
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 4 40
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 0 40
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 1 41
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 1 42
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 2 44

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Constructors' world championship

Last updated: 27 Nov 2016 14:53 UK
Position Team Points
1 Mercedes 765
2 Red Bull 468
3 Ferrari 398
4 Force India 173
5 Williams 138
6 McLaren 76
7 Toro Rosso 63
8 Haas F1 29
9 Lotus 8
10 Sauber 2

see also
BMW Sauber's F1's history
04 Mar 09 |  Formula 1

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