The Team: Full name BMW Sauber F1 Team The team is based in Hinwil, Switzerland and Munich, Germany- yes the team has two bases. The team was founded by Peter Sauber in 1993 and named Sauber F1. After BMW and Williams F1 Split in 2005 BMW bought Sauber, But decided to keep the Sauber name. The new and reformed Team has its principal Mario Theissen (Germany), Technical director Willy Rampf (Germany) , Race drivers number 9 Nick Heidfeld (Germany), number 10 Robert Kubica (Poland). Test drivers Sebastian Vettel (Germany) and Timo Glock (Germany). The Team believes that the “Essence of racing is Power, Passion Precision, Team work”. The 2006 season saw a lot of change in the team leading to a not so good performance in 2006 but the team says they are ready for the next season and will be coming back stronger and more competitive in 2007.
In 2006 the team used their “F1.06” Chassis, their self developed Engine “BMW P86” again one of the teams who raced on the Michelin Tyres. The Team made its Debut as BMW Sauber F1 in 2006 at the Bahrain Grand Prix. They currently have no Constructors’ Championships or Drivers’ Championships to their name neither do they have any
Race victories, Pole positions or Fastest laps none but they were mighty close. They did however have very close battles and fought really hard to gain the 36 points enabling them to gain the 5th Position in 2006. The Sauber Team rose from being a back marker in 2005 to being one of the front runners and gained 5th position in 2006 and they promise to deliver more and are probably looking forward to being in the top 3 in 2007. From the looks of it, it is Possible. The 2007 unveiling of the team and car is set to the 17th January and it is rumored to have a hint of red in its car that is unusual for the usual black grey and White of the BMW.
Trivia- BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works. Not surprsingly it is German owned. The Team says they are ready for the second season are you ready for the unveiling.