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.
Based out of Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Germany. The team entered Formula 1 in 2002 at the Australian Grand Prix and decided to stay. Today the Toyota is not only a team actively involved in racing but is also an engine supplier to two other teams.
In 2006 the team displayed a stunning performance securing 6th position having scored 35 points one point behind BMW Sauber definitely a great achievement for the team, one Fastest Lap and 2 Pole positions.
The Team is led by Team principal Tsutomu Tomita of Japan, the Technical director Pascal Vasselon from France. Race driver’s number11. Ralf Schumacher of Germany and number 12. Jarno Trulli of Italy. Test drivers Franck Montagny of France, Kohei Hirate Kamui Kobayashi of Japan. Toyota is one of the rare teams which used the Bridgestone tyres in 2006 and notably were the first team to unveil their new car. It was intended to give them an edge over their opponents although they did not start too well in winter testing. They did however secure third place in Australia, but failed to score a podium finish during 2006. The closest they came was in Monaco where Jarno Trulli did come close, but the retired due to engine failure during the late few laps of the race. The team retains the same drivers in 2007 as in 2006 with Trulli and Schumacher. Another milestone for the Toyota team was that they were also supplying engines, not only to the works team, but to Williams who who did not do as well as they would have hoped for with the Cosworth engines in 2006. They are hoping to do better with the Toyota.
IN 2006 the team had 12 retirements one 3rd place and 2 fourth places with their Toyota RVX-07 Engine which was set into the Toyota TF107 and TF107B Chasis. Yes they used two chasis during the season. By their standards they underperformed to 2005 but they will be hoping to do better this year, we wish they all the best.
The RED BULL RACING team came into existence at the end of the 2004 season when the Australian energy drink company Red Bull purchased the underperforming Jaguar team. Their Debut year was in 2005 at the Australian Grand Prix. Here the team raced with the Cosworth engine that was then being developed for the 2005 Chasis. The Red Bull Racing has a close and long lasting relationship with Ferrari,they used the ferrari V8 engines in 2006. However they will be using a Renault V8 engine in 2007. It is to be noted that RBR is here to stay and will not leave as it is one of four teams to sign the Concorde Agreement which comes into effect in 2008.
The team is based out of Milton Keynes in the United Kingdom. The Team principal is the British Christian Horner, Technical director, Mark Smith from the United Kingdom
Race drivers are #14. David Coulthard from the UK and #15. Australian Mark Webber. The teams Test drivers are Michael Ammermüller of Germany who has scored up some of the fastest test laps at the end of testing for 2006.
In 2006 the team used a powerful Ferrari V8 Engine built for the RB3 Chassis. They were one of the few teams using Bridgestone Tyres. In the past two years in Racing they have never won a Race, or secured a pole position, their best was in 2006 finishing in 7th position with 16 points. The team has shown continuous development in their racing and is looking at taking on the likes of Williams. They have also revamped their Pit equipment, and they want to be the best according to the team Manager Jonathan Wheatley. They have big hopes for the cars in the next year and they are looking forward to doing a good job in practice and testing with the new cars and put up a real good fight.
We can expect the Team to make a few friends and many enemies and they do their best to reach the top.
The Toro Rosso website says 1St Season 1st Point Just the Beginning More to come- that is to be seen with the next season starting in 2007.Toro Rosso is actually talian for Red Bull Race Team.
The Team entered F1 in 2006 with Drivers: V Liuzzi of Italy whose best finish was Highest race finish: 8 and only 2 points to his name and S Speed from America whose Highest race finish was 9 and no points in 2006, and test driver N Jani. The team was using the STR1 chassis and a powerful Cosworth (V10) engine.
The team had its, highest race finish of 8 from the United States Grand Prix Grand Prix, and thus gaining one point that made them. Vitantonio Liuzzi was the last qualified driver in the Drivers standings. This was very good considering that this was their first season. I would consider the Team to be happy with the results they have got this year, and by the looks of it they are training and testing for 2007.
There aren’t many changes the team has made for the 2007 season the team is the same the 2007 car has not been released but next year they will have a FERRARI engine which will be interesting to see. The 2006 car was a good car it had a 10 cylinder TJ2006 series 14 Cosworth Engine cased in a composite monocoque structure STR 1 chasis. The engine had restrictions of capacity as they had a 10 cylinder engine. Recently, the Toro Rossos have struggled in qualifying due to the fact that competitors can crank up their engine to 20,000 RPM to get more power out of the engine. To try and balance the playing field Toro
Rosso asked for an extra 500 revs for qualifying, however the FIA permitted them 300 revs only.Being the sister team of RBR or Red bull racing many have argued that the STR1’s is similar to the Red Bull RB1, but there are some differences.
In 2007 the team has good plans and will be looking forward to prove it is competitive with the new STR02 Chassis Bridgestone Tyres and Ferrari 057 Engine, they might just be a team to look out for.
The Spyker MF1 team- in full it stands for Spyker Midland F1 racing team entered Formula 1 as the first Russian team with team principle Colin Kolles of Germany. Initially the team was known as the MF1 or the Midland F1 racing team, but was sold to Spyker during the last few races of the season thus being known as Spyker MF1. In 2007 the Team is registered as Spyker F1.
The team did not qualify in the standing as they had no points to their credit. They raced with a Toyota V8 RVX-06 (2006) engine. Again as it was a not a very big team they had to compromise with the V8 engines when the rest of the track were using V6 engines with higher capacity. The team seemed confident that they could challenge the Toro Rossos, Red Bulls and BMW Saubers and establishing a place as a midfielder. But of course the team did not have a very promising season they were just about better than the Super Aguri team they were far from reaching their goal, but may be with the new Ferrari engines for 2007 they may be more competitive with the mid runners. The team was disqualified in the German GP and never raced. They had several engine problems and finished less than half the races.
The Car Full carbon fibre composite monocoque Chassis, In-house Midland MF1 Racing design. 7-speed reverse longitudinal gearbox with electrohydraulic sequential gear change, The Toyota RVX-06 8-Cylinder 2398cc engine capable of more than 700bhp and approx. 20,000rpm. The Car is good the chasis was reliable, but not challenging enough.
The team Principle in recent interviews said they are looking to be quicker with more sponsors on board and the new Ferrari Engine. Hope they do better than 2006.