Posts Tagged ‘sauber’


Day zero in Valencia

January 31, 2010

Iberia eventually got me to Valencia, and even Hertz managed to get me a car after some arguing, but I did end up getting out to the circuit a few minutes late for the Sauber launch. However this did mean that everbody else had buggered off leaving the car in the middle of the track unattended. This gave me the change to get an uncluttered shot of probably the pointiest car i’ve ever seen.

After chewing the cud for an hour or so, catching up with everyone who I haven’t seen since Abu Dhabi all those months ago, it was time to go back to the pit lane to grab a spot for the Renault unvieling.

Things are never quite that simple though. The car which was wheeled out under a billowing black cover had a teeny weeny problem. No Steering. This resulted in the press pack moving a few foot left or a few foot right rather than the car being moved as normally happens. As this was going on the sun was rapidly getting lower in the sky casting our shadows over the car, so time to move again. After a few more tweeks the car was uncovered, and as predicted by many it has Renaults original yellow and black colours. Personally I think it looks like a Jordan from about 10 years ago. What do you think?


Pedro de la Rosa to race for BMW Sauber F1 Team

January 19, 2010

Pedro de la Rosa is the BMW Sauber F1 Team’s second driver for the 2010 season. The 38-year-old Spaniard has 71 Grands Prix under his belt and worked with McLaren as a test and reserve driver for seven years. In December the Swiss team had already announced it had signed on Kamui Kobayashi (23, Japan).

“Pedro has spent many years working for a top team at the highest technical level,” pointed out Team Principal Peter Sauber, adding: “We as a team stand to gain from his experience, and the same goes for young Kamui. The combination of a seasoned racer and an up-and-coming young driver has repeatedly proved a very fruitful one. I don’t expect either of them to disappoint in 2010. Of course it is also crucial that we provide them with a decent car; I feel positive about our in-house progress on that front too. We were able to continue work on our 2010 car as scheduled throughout the recent period of uncertainty.”

Pedro de la Rosa: “I always firmly believed I would be given another chance as a team driver. Since the number of test drives were radically reduced, this was what I was working towards. I’m really excited about the season with Peter Sauber’s team, which has been a solid fixture in Formula One ever since 1993.”

Pedro de la Rosa was born in Barcelona (ES) on 24th February 1971. He has lived in Zurich (CH) for several years with his wife Maria Reyes and daughters Georgina, Olivia and Luna.

De la Rosa began karting at the relatively late age of 17, but was immediately discovered and sponsored by the Spanish Automobile Federation. A year later he had already progressed to a single-seater racing car and went on to win the Formula Fiat Uno. After successful stints in Formula Ford, Formula Renault and British Formula 3, 1997 saw him win the Japanese Formula 3000 and GT Championship.

In 1998 he made his debut as a Formula One test driver for the Jordan Team. He contested his first Grand Prix in Australia in 1999 for Arrows, taking his inferior car straight into the points with a sixth-placed finish. He remained with Arrows in 1999 and 2000, moving to Jaguar for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

From 2003 through to 2009 he worked for McLaren-Mercedes as a reserve driver. Called upon to race for the team in nine Grands Prix, he capitalised on these opportunities. In 2005 he finished fifth in Bahrain and claimed the fastest race lap. 2006 saw him stepping into the breach again: in eight races he managed to pick up 19 World Championship points and took a podium place by finishing second in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix.


New website for BMW Sauber F1 team

January 8, 2010

The BMW Sauber F1 Team have launched their new website here


New management team for BMW Sauber F1 Team

January 8, 2010

Hinwil, 8th January 2010 – Following the purchase of the BMW Sauber F1 Team at the end of November and the return of the BMW employees to Munich, Peter Sauber can now present the company’s new management structure.

Sauber himself is the new President of the Board of Directors and will lead the Hinwil-based team as Team Principal at trackside. However, he will not take on any operational tasks in Hinwil.

The new Managing Director at the team’s headquarters is Monisha Kaltenborn (38), who had previously held the post of Head of Legal Affairs since 1998 and has been a member of the Board of Management since 2001. In her former capacity she also looked after relations with the world governing body the FIA, the rights holder FOM and the teams’ association FOTA. An Austrian national, Kaltenborn completed a law degree at the University of Vienna before graduating as a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics.

Alex Sauber (36) is now responsible for the team’s marketing activities. The son of team owner Peter Sauber has worked in Swiss professional football for the last two years with Neue Grasshopper Fussball AG, most recently as Commercial Director. After graduating with a law degree in Zurich, he worked for two years at a firm specialising in sports and media law. Between October 2006 and October 2007 he completed an MBA in Sport Management in Liverpool.

Technical Director Willy Rampf (56) is responsible for the engineering side of the team, while Urs Jampen (62) returns to the post of Finance Director after 18 months away. Jürg Flach (40) joins the Board of Management as Director Operations with overall responsibility for production. The mechanical engineering graduate has been at the company since 1999 and was previously responsible for project management.

“Formula One is constantly changing,” says Peter Sauber. “This division of responsibilities not only meets the demands of the sport, but also freshens things up within the company. I will keep myself informed on all important developments, but will leave operational matters to the management in Hinwil.”