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BMW Sauber F1 Fact File

By BMW Sauber F1
November 17 2006

Take a look at the history and stats of the Team, as well as the previous history in F1 of Sauber. Initially successful in sports cars, the midfield F1 team run by Peter Sauber between 1993 and 2005 was bought by BMW for the 2006 world championship...

TEAM NAME
BMW Sauber F1

NATION
Germany-Switzerland

ADDRESS
Wildbachstrass 9
CH-8340
Hinwil
Switzerland

TEAM PRINCIPAL
Mario Theissen

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Heinz Paschen

CHIEF DESIGNER
Willy Rampf

HEAD OF AERODYNAMICS
Willem Toet

HEAD OF POWERTRAIN
Markus Duesmann

ENGINE
BMW V8

RACE ENGINEER FOR NICK HEIDFELD
Mike Krack

RACE ENGINEER FOR JACQUES VILLENEUVE
Giampaolo Dall'ara

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
CHASSIS
F1.06

TYRES
Michelin

TECHNICAL NOTES
Brembo/Carbone Industrie brakes, 7-speed gearbox, AP clutch, Magneti Marelli electrics, OZ wheels

STATS
First GP

2006 Bahrain
(as Sauber - 1993 South Africa)

CONSTRUCTORS' TITLES
0

DRIVERS' TITLES
0

WINS
0

POLE POSITIONS
0

FASTEST LAPS
0

POINTS SCORED
36(*when this article was published)

NUMBER OF GPS CONTESTED
18(*when this article was published)

TEAM CAREER SUMMARY
Initially successful in sports cars, the midfield F1 team run by Peter Sauber between 1993 and 2005 was bought by BMW for the 2006 world championship. At the beginning, however, Sauber was Mercedes-Benz's works sports car team, winning Le Mans and the GT championship with drivers like Michael Schumacher at the wheel. In 2001 in F1, Sauber took a gamble on another relative unknown -- Kimi Raikkonen. Renowned for its efficiency with a small budget in formula one, even possessing one of the very best wind tunnels, the team never won a race.

Sauber History


2005
8th, 20 points
Switched from Bridgestone to Michelin, and signed former champion Jacques Villeneuve, who struggled.


2004
6th, 34 points
Felipe Massa returned from Ferrari, to teammate Giancarlo Fisichella. New wind tunnel was completed.


2003
6th, 19 points
All-German driver pairing; Nick Heidfeld with Heinz-Harald Frentzen.


2002
5th, 11 points
Massa debuted in F1, proving quick but erratic.


2001
4th, 21 points
Sauber's best ever championship result, with Kimi Raikkonen and Nick Heidfeld at the wheel of the tidy C20. Red Bull, however, had objected to the young lineup, and sold its shares to Credit Suisse.


2000
8th, 6 points


1999
8th, 5 points
Willy Rampf joined the team.


1998
6th, 10 points


1997
7th, 16 points
Ferrari became customer engine supplier


1996
7th, 11 points
Red Bull's Dietrich Mateschitz bought a majority share of the team.


1995
7th, 18 points
Ran with Ford engines.


1994
8th, 12 points
Driver Karl Wendlinger was seriously injured at Monaco.


1993
7th, 12 points
Sauber entered F1 with the assistance of Mercedes-Benz.

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