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SAUBER F1 Alumni

By Jamie Makin
January 9 2005

Seventeen drivers previously raced and tested with the Sauber F1 team from 1993 to 2004. Their results for the team are summarized here.

Giancarlo Fisichella

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
2004 18 22 0 0 0

Italian Formula One veteran Giancarlo Fisichella spent a productive season with SAUBER PETRONAS in 2004 before returning to the Renault F1 team for 2005.


Neel Jani

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
2003 thru 2004 0 0 0 0 0

Young Swiss driver Neel Jani played the role of part-time test driver for SAUBER PETRONAS for a season and a half before moving onto testing duties at Red Bull Racing.


Nick Heidfeld

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
2001 thru 2003 50 25 0 0 1

German Nick Heidfeld debuted in F1 in 2000 with the now defunct Prost team. After a three year tenure at Sauber, he has moved to Jordan for 2004.


Heinz-Harald Frentzen

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1994 thru 1996, 2002 thru 2003 64 42 0 0 2

German Heinz-Harald Frentzen started and ended his F1 career at Sauber. He holds the distinction of being the team's most successful driver, having driven the most races for them and scored the most points. In between his two stints with the team, he drove for Williams, Jordan, Prost and Arrows. Frentzen moved to the Opel factory team in the German Touring Car Masters in 2004 and will race there again in 2005.


Kimi Raikkonen

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
2001 17 9 0 0 0

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen debuted in F1 with Sauber in 2001. For 2002 he moved to McLaren-Mercedes and will continue to drive for them in 2005.


Mika Salo

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
2000 16 6 0 0 0

Finland's Mika Salo debuted in F1 late in the 1994 season for Lotus. During his nine-year long F1 career he also drove for Tyrell, Arrows, BAR, Ferrari and Toyota. Salo raced in the American Champ Car World Series for PK Racing in 2003, but declined an offer to drive for them in 2004. He currently races a Maserati in the FIA GT Series.


Pedro Diniz

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1999 thru 2000 32 3 0 0 0

Brazilian Pedro Diniz debuted in F1 in 1995 with the now defunct Forti team. He also raced for Ligier and Arrows before ending his F1 career after a two year tenure with Sauber. He was involved in the Prost team's management before they folded at the end of 2002. He presently runs PPD Sports in Sau Paulo, Brazil promoting the Brazilian Formula Renault series, and is also involved with a family supermarket business.


Jean Alesi

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1998 thru 1999 32 11 0 0 1

Frenchman Jean Alesi debuted in F1 for Tyrell in 1989. He drove for Ferrari and Benetton before moving to Sauber in 1998, then ended his Formula One career in 2001 after driving for Prost and Jordan. He presently drives a factory Mercedes in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM).


Johnny Herbert

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1996 thru 1998 48 20 0 0 2

British driver Johnny Herbert debuted in F1 in 1989 with Benetton. In his F1 career which spanned 12 years, he also drove for Tyrell, Lotus, Ligier, Steward & Jaguar. In 2004 for Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx and for Champion Audi in the ALMS Petit Le Mans. He currently races a Maserati in the FIA GT Series.


Jorg Muller

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1998 (Test Driver) 0 0 0 0 0

Although German Jorg Muller was Sauber's test driver in 1998, he never got to actually race in F1. He has raced several seasons for Schnitzer BMW in the European Touring Car Series (ETCC) and will stick with the team in the new World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) in 2005.


Nicola Larini

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1997 5 1 0 0 0

Italian Nichola Larini debuted in F1 late in the 1987 season. He drove for Osella, Ligier, Lamborghini and Ferrari before moving to Sauber for the start of the 1997 season. After only five races for Sauber his F1 career came to an end. Larini drove an Alfa Romeo in the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) in 2003, but has been dropped for 2004. He will return to the newly renamed World Touring Car Championship in 2005 with Chevrolet Europe.


Gianni Morbidelli

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1997 7 0 0 0 0

Italian Gianni Morbidelli debuted in F1 in 1990 for the Dallara team. He also drove for Minardi, Ferrari and Arrows before ending his F1 career after an injury while driving a Sauber in 1997. Morbidelli presently runs a kart track in Parma, Italy and races for Seat in the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC).


Norberto Fontana

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1997 4 0 0 0 0

Argentina's Norberto Fontana's only F1 race experience was with Sauber in 1997, where he substituted for the injured Gianni Morbidelli. Fontana presently races touring cars in Argentina where he won the title in 2002.


Jean-Christophe Boullion

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1995 11 3 0 0 0

Frenchman Jean-Christophe Bullion's only F1 race experience was with Sauber in 1995. He presently races in the FIA sportscar championship.


Karl Wendlinger

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1993 thru 1995 25 11 0 0 0

Austrian Karl Wendlinger debuted in F1 in 1991 with Leyton House. He drove for March in 1992 before joining Sauber in 1993 for their debut season. Serious injuries sustained from a crash during practice at Monaco in 1994 kept him out for the remainder of the season. He retired with Sauber after only six races in 1995. Wendlinger raced Abt Sportline's Audi TT in the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) in 2003. For 2004 he moved to the FIA GT Series racing a JMB Ferrari.


J.J. Lehto

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1993 thru 1994 18 5 0 0 0

Finland's Jyrki Jarvilehto (JJ) Lehto debuted in F1 for Onyx in 1989. He also drove for Dallara and Benetton. His noteworthy achievement with Sauber was finishing in fifth place and scoring them points at their debut race in Kyalami in 1993. Lehto raced sportscars after leaving F1, and also worked as a Finnish TV commentator. In 2004 he won the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) championship for the Champion Audi team with their R8 prototype.


Andrea De Cesaris

Seasons: Races: Points: Wins: Poles: Podiums:
1994 9 1 0 0 0

Italian Andrea De Cesaris debuted in F1 late in the 1980 season for Alfa Romeo. He also drove for McLaren, Ligier, Minardi, Brabham, Rial, Dallara, Jordan and Tyrell before making Sauber his final stop in F1. De Cesaris has now retired from racing. He resides in Monaco, works as a currency trader and enjoys windsurfing.


Note: Statistics refer to the drivers' careers at Sauber only and do not take into account results for other teams. These statistics are current as of the end of the 2004 season.

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