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Template:List of Sauber ModelsSauber is a Swiss constructor of racing cars for sportscar racing and Formula One. The company, previously independent, is now owned by BMW and is known as BMW Sauber.

Sports CarsEdit

Since the 1970s, Peter Sauber built sports cars. After using turbocharged Mercedes V8 engines in the 1980s, his team became the official factory team of Mercedes-Benz, reviving the Silver Arrow legend. They won the 24 hours of Le Mans and the world sports car championship, competing against Jaguar and Porsche. Among others, drivers like Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Karl Wendlinger, Jochen Mass, Jean-Louis Schlesser and Mauro Baldi raced for Sauber.

Sauber participated in a number of other racing series before its involvement in Formula One, such as the Swiss and International Sports cars championships and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The first Sauber car C1 was built in 1970. Sauber, in partnership with Mercedes, won the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1989 and the world sports car championship in 1989 and 1990 with the Sauber C9.

Formula OneEdit

Sauber entered Formula One for the first time in 1993. It had a successful start, with driver JJ Lehto finishing in fifth position in Sauber's debut race. However, it was not a sign of times to come. Sauber was never able to consistently challenge the bigger teams. Its most successful season was 2001 when it finished fourth in the Constructors' Championship. The rest of the time, however, Sauber cars were more likely to be closer to the back of the field than the front.

From the mid-1990s Sauber had close ties with Ferrari. Sauber used Ferrari designed engines (from 1997 to 2005) and gearboxes built by Sauber Petronas Engineering, a company founded for the sole purpose of building these engines, that were nearly identical to the ones used by Ferrari. Sauber licenced nearly every legally licensable part from Ferrari and even had several Ferrari engineers on staff. Many pointed out suspicious similarities between Ferrari and Sauber chassis, but no formal accusations were ever made (FIA rules require each team to design their own chassis).

In 2001 Sauber brought a virtually unknown and very inexperienced Kimi Räikkönen into Formula One, despite the protests of a few drivers and influential members of the FIA, including Max Mosley, that he would pose a danger to other drivers. His performances that year (and in the years to come), however, more than vindicated their decision. In 2004 Sauber spent a large sum of money on a new wind tunnel at Hinwil, and a high performance supercomputer (called Albert) to help refine the aerodynamics of their cars. The state-of-the-art infrastructure Sauber has built up is one aspect that attracted BMW Motorsport to Sauber.

In its later years, Sauber's links with Ferrari became weaker. They sided with the non-Ferrari teams over planned rule changes at the end of the 2004 season and also joined up with GPWC (which BMW are now involved with). Then they decided to switch to Michelin tyres, while Ferrari continued to use Bridgestones. BMW ownership commenced from January 1st 2006. Sauber's final grand prix came in China 2005, Felipe Massa scoring a welcome sixth place to round off the team's history. Sauber departed F1 with six third places and two front row starts their best results. Amongst notable Sauber drivers were Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert and 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, who raced for the team in its final season. Two former Sauber drivers drove for the new BMW Sauber team in 2006, Nick Heidfeld who was a Sauber driver from 2001-2003 and Canadian Jacques Villeneuve who drove for the team in 2005.

Complete Formula One ResultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis/Engine/
Tyres
Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
1993 C12
Ilmor V10
G
RSA BRA EUR SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN AUS 12 7th
22px-Flag of Austria Wendlinger Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 9 6 Ret 4 5 Ret 15
22px-Flag of Finland JJ Lehto 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 8 Ret
1994 C13
Mercedes V10
G
BRA PFC SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR JPN AUS 12 8th
22px-Flag of Austria Wendlinger 6 Ret 4 DNQ Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj Inj
22px-Flag of Italy de Cesaris Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
22px-Flag of Finland JJ Lehto Ret 10
Flag of Germany Frentzen Ret 5 7 WD Ret Ret 4 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 6 7
1995 C14
Ford V8
G
BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PFC JPN AUS 18 7th
22px-Flag of Austria Wendlinger Ret Ret Ret 13 10 Ret
22px-Flag of France Boullion 8 Ret Ret 9 5 10 11 6 12 Ret Ret
Flag of Germany Frentzen Ret 5 6 8 6 Ret 10 6 Ret 5 4 3 6 Ret 7 8 Ret
1996 C15
Ford V10
G
AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 11 7th
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Herbert DNS Ret 9 7 Ret 3 Ret 7 DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 9 8 10
Flag of Germany Frentzen 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 6
1997 C16
Petronas V10*
G
AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 16 7th
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Herbert Ret 7 4 Ret Ret 5 5 8 Ret Ret 3 4 Ret 8 7 6 8
22px-Flag of Italy Larini 6 11 Ret 7 Ret
22px-Flag of Italy Morbidelli 14 10 Inj Inj Inj Ret 9 12 9 9 DNS Inj
25px-ARGENntina Fontana Ret 9 9 14
1998 C17
Petronas V10*
G
AUS BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 10 6th
22px-Flag of France Alesi Ret 9 5 6 10 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 7 3 5 10 7
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Herbert 6 11 Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 10
1999 C18
Petronas V10*
B
AUS BRA SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA EUR MYS JPN 5 8th
22px-Flag of France Alesi Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 8 16 9 9 Ret 7 6
25px-Brazilflag Diniz Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 6 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
2000 C19
Petronas V10*
B
AUS BRA SMR GBR ESP EUR MON CAN FRA AUT GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN MYS 6 8th
25px-Brazilflag Diniz Ret WD 8 11 Ret 7 Ret 10 11 9 Ret Ret 11 8 8 11 Ret
22px-Flag of Finland Salo DSQ WD 6 8 7 Ret 5 Ret 10 6 5 10 9 7 Ret 10 8
2001 C20
Petronas V10*
B
AUS MYS BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 21 4th
Flag of Germany Heidfeld 4 Ret 3 7 6 9 Ret Ret Ret 6 6 Ret 6 Ret 11 6 9
22px-Flag of Finland Räikkönen 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 4 10 4 10 7 5 Ret 7 DNS 7 Ret Ret
2002 C21
Petronas V10*
B
AUS MYS BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR GBR FRA GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 11 5th
Flag of Germany Heidfeld Ret 5 Ret 10 4 Ret 8 12 7 6 7 6 9 10 10 9 7
25px-Brazilflag Massa Ret 6 Ret 8 5 Ret Ret 9 6 9 Ret 7 7 Ret Ret Ret
Flag of Germany Frentzen 13
2003 C22
Petronas V10*
B
AUS MYS BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA JPN 19 6th
Flag of Germany Heidfeld Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9
Flag of Germany Frentzen 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret
2004 C23
Petronas V10*
B
AUS MYS BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA 34 6th
22px-Flag of Italy Fisichella 10 11 11 9 7 Ret 6 4 9 12 6 9 8 5 8 7 8 9
25px-Brazilflag Massa Ret 8 12 10 9 5 9 Ret Ret 13 9 13 Ret 4 12 8 9 8
2005 C24
Petronas V10*
M
AUS MYS BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR ITA BEL BRA JPN CHN 20 8th
25px-Canadaflag Villeneuve 13 Ret 11 4 Ret 11 13 9 DNS 8 14 15 Ret 11 11 6 12 12 10
25px-Brazilflag Massa 10 10 7 10 11 9 14 4 DNS Ret 10 8 14 Ret 9 10 11 10 6

* denotes Ferrari engine badged as Petronas

BMW-SauberEdit

The team was renamed BMW Sauber for 2006 after being bought by BMW.

External linksEdit


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