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SAUBER F1 History

By Jamie Makin
January 9 2005

SAUBER PETRONAS will enter their 13th season of Formula One competition in 2005. Since their point-scoring debut in 1993, SAUBER has proven themselves to be a consistent mid-field team who are currently the strongest independently owned team in Formula One.

Key Facts & Statistics:

F1 Debut:
  • 1993 - South African GP (Kyalami)
  • JJ Lehto finished 5th to score the team points in their debut race
  • Karl Wendlinger retired halfway through the race with electrical problems
Engine Partners:
  • 1993 thru 1994 - Mercedes/Ilmor
  • 1995 thru 1996 - Ford (SAUBER was the official Ford factory team during this time)
  • 1997 thru present - Petronas (rebadged Ferrari engines)
Tyre Partners:
  • 1993 thru 1998 - Goodyear
  • 1999 thru 2003 - Bridgestone
  • 2004 - Michelin
Pole Positions:
  • None Yet
Race Wins:
  • None Yet
Podium Finishes:
  • Italian GP (Monza) 1995 - Heinz-Harald Frentzen, 3rd place
  • Monaco GP (Monte Carlo) 1996 - Johnny Herbert, 3rd place
  • Hungarian GP (Hungaroring) 1997 - Johnny Herbert, 3rd place
  • Belgian GP (Spa) 1998 - Jean Alesi, 3rd place
  • Brazilian GP (Interlagos) 2001 - Nick Heidfeld, 3rd place
  • United States GP (Indianapolis) 2003 - Heinz-Harald Frentzen, 3rd place
Best Race Finish (both drivers combined):
  • Monaco GP (Monte Carlo) 1996
  • Johnny Herbert, 3rd place
  • Heinz-Harald Frentzen, 4th place
Laps Lead:
  • United States Grand Prix (Indianapolis) 2003 - Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Lap 48
  • Brazilian Grand Prix (Sao Paulo) 2004 - Felipe Massa, Lap 6 & 7
Best Constructors Championship Finish:
  • 2001 - 4th place with 21 points
  • Drivers - Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen
Best Drivers Championship Finish:
  • Nick Heidfeld 2001 - 8th place with 12 points
Most Successful Sauber Driver:
  • Heinz-Harald Frentzen - 48 points in 65 races spanning 5 seasons

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