Sauber F1 Racing Teams 2015

History in F1

In 2011, the team finally dropped the BMW from its name (after BMW exited F1 racing in 2009!), becoming Sauber F1 Team. The BMW Sauber team entered the F1 racing scene only in 2006, but Sauber itself has a long history in F1. Team Sauber was founded in the 1970s by Swiss racing driver, Peter Sauber as an independent racing team. BMW bought the team in 2005 to enter F1 and sold the team back to Sauber in 2009. In 2013, the team finished in 7th place with 57 points and in 2014 in 10th place with zero points.

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Information

For all its history and Peter Sauber’s background in race car engineering and design, the team does not have an impressive racing track record. Since its debut race in the 1993 South African Grand Prix, the team has completed 365 races to date (70 as BMW Sauber), with only one Grand Prix victory (2008 Canadian Grand Prix as BMW Sauber), needless to say, the team has yet to win a Constructors’ or Drivers’ Championship title. In 2013, the team totally changed their driver line-up, with Nico Hülkenberg and newcomer Esteban Gutierrez replacing established Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez. This didn’t improve the team’s standing and in 2014, the team went back to Esteban Gutierrez and hired Adrian Sutil. With the two drivers unable to even score a single point, Sauber is now changing their driver line-up for 2015, with Marcus Ericsson and newcomer Felipe Nasr.

Technical Details & Statistics

Sauber has a long history with several engine makers, originally having started under collaboration with Mercedes, then Ford, Ferrari and then BMW.  For the last four Sauber has used Ferrari engines and will do so again in 2015, with the Ferrari 059/4 engine. The team’s chassis models all start with C, which stands for ‘Christine’, Sauber’s wife and will use the C34 chassis for 2015.

Base: Hinwil (Switzerland)

Team Principal: Monisha Kaltenborn

Main drivers: Marcus Ericsson & Felipe Nasr

Engine: Ferrari 059/4

Chassis: C34

Debut F1 Season: 1993

Constructors’ Championship Titles: 0

Grand Prix race victories: 1 (as BMW Sauber)

Pole Position: 1 (as BMW Sauber)

Fastest lap times: 5 (2 as BMW Sauber)

Drivers

Driver 1: Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson

The 2014 Season, Marcus Ericsson debuted in F1 as the driver for Caterham F1 Team, together with veteran driver Kamui Kobayashi. He had a rocky season with Caterham, with five retirements last season and a top finish of 11th at the Monaco Grand Prix. Ericsson has yet to score any Grand Prix points and is no doubt itching to do so in 2015.

Driver Statistics:

In the 2014 Season, Marcus Ericsson debuted in F1 as the driver for Caterham F1 Team, together with veteran driver Kamui Kobayashi. He had a rocky season with Caterham, with five retirements last season and a top finish of 11th at the Monaco Grand Prix. Ericsson has yet to score any Grand Prix points and is no doubt itching to do so in 2015.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: Swedish

Date of Birth: 2 September 1990

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 0

Career Points: 0

Podiums: 0

Driver 2: Felipe Nasr

Felipe Nasr

Brazilian driver, Felipe Nasr, is a newcomer to F1. Having built up a career in kart racing, Formula BMW and GP2 Series. He joined the Williams team as a reserve driver in 2014 and drove his first practice session at the Bahrain Grand Prix. His actual F1 debut will be at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix. It will be interesting to see how he does as Sauber’s second driver this season.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: Brazilian

Date of Birth: 21 August 1992

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 0

Career Points: 0

Podiums: 0