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Season Preview – Goals & paths Sauber C31-Ferrari – A radical evolution Calendar – Dates & data 2 4 7

Team Organisation – Tasks & people Hinwil – Headquarters & facilities 8 9

Drivers Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Pérez Esteban Gutiérrez 11 14 17

Management Peter Sauber Monisha Kaltenborn 19 21

Technology & background


History & statistics


Press contact and services


Copy deadline for this press kit: 1 February 2012.


Preview Goals & paths
The Sauber F1 Team will enter its 20 season in the FIA Formula One World Championship spearheaded by an unchanged driver line-up. With Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Pérez and reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez piloting the new Sauber C31Ferrari, the Swiss outfit will be looking to further improve in 2012. “We’re aiming to start the new season as strongly as we did in 2011, but then also to maintain this level of performance throughout the year,” explains Team Principal Peter Sauber. “Our goal is to finish regularly in the points so as to put ourselves in a significantly better position in the World Championship.” Only three of their rivals on this year’s grid have been in Formula One longer than Peter Sauber’s team. After an excellent start to 2011, the team’s form fell away midway through the season following the decision to cease development of a controversial technology. “The Sauber C31-Ferrari boasts a large number of promising new developments, but in other areas it is a systematic further development of last year’s car,” says Sauber. “We are looking forward to another season working with our young and talented drivers,” adds the Team Principal. “Kamui will be competing in his third full season in F1. Last year we asked him to take on leadership responsibilities within the team and he has grown into the role. With his rookie season behind him Sergio is now approaching his second season, which is often the most difficult in a driver’s Formula One career. Both drivers have huge potential and will work with the same race engineers as in 2011 to continue developing that promise. Esteban will be competing full-time in GP2 in his second season in the category and has shown – most recently in the November test – that he could also step into the car for a Grand Prix, if required.” Young & quick The personable Kamui Kobayashi (25) became an instant favourite of Formula One fans on his arrival in the sport, not least with his daring but fair overtaking moves. “2012 will be not only my third season in Formula One, but also my third with the same team,” says the young Japanese. “We’ve been through a lot together and can benefit from our shared experiences. In my first year with the team we had a bad start but a good second half to the season. The second year was the exact reverse. In our third year together we should be a reliable bet to finish consistently in the points. I’m really looking forward to the new season with the Sauber F1 Team.” In 2012 Sergio Pérez (22) is setting out to put the lessons from a turbulent but impressive rookie season in 2011 into practice. “My first year in Formula One felt like three years, there were so many new things to take in,” admits the Mexican. “But now I feel like I’ve arrived in Formula One and I’m determined to take a step up in 2012 and achieve better results for the team on a regular basis.” 20-year-old Esteban Gutiérrez will be focusing on the races in the GP2 Series. “At the same time,” says the team’s other Mexican driver, “I’m looking forward to working more with the Sauber F1 Team. I’m learning a lot by being able to experience and analyse the professionalism and intensity of the team’s work from the inside. It’s good preparation for me.”

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Fresh & evolutionary Summarising all the efforts put into developing the new Sauber C31-Ferrari, Chief Designer Matt Morris says: “The C31 is revolutionary where we had fresh ideas, particularly at the rear of the car, and it is an evolution where we knew we could carry over certain approaches.” The engineers opted again to go with a high chassis design. However, according to the new 2012 regulations, the nose cone needs to be lower, which is a safety requirement. As a result, the nose cone has quite a different shape to how it was in the past. Packaging was further optimised under the side pods in order to open up more aerodynamic development scope in that area. The cooling layout is based around a similar philosophy to the C30. It helps to get the volume of the coolers forward and allows the design of very compact rear bodywork. A familiar element of the car is the Ferrari engine, onto which an all-new carbon transmission is bolted – also supplied by Ferrari. The longitudinally mounted transmission is a very tidy, neat unit. The entire rear of the car is much more tightly packaged, and in addition the engineers have gone in some new directions around the floor at the back of the car.

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and some of the ways we were opting for with the car’s set up in order to improve our qualifying performance without compromising our race pace. Centre section Packaging was further optimised under the side pods in order to open up more aerodynamic development scope in that area. As a result. because that proved to be effective. Chief Designer Morris says: “The C31 is revolutionary where we had fresh ideas. However. which has required quite a new approach. Otherwise it’s a traditional layout with a pushrod and a high-level wishbone.” elaborates Morris.” One of the goals was to increase the scope of the operating envelope compared to its predecessor. so is now beginning to refine its compounds and the tyre’s profile. but at the same time we wanted to maintain its strengths.” Front end The engineers opted again to go with a high chassis design. the nose cone has quite a different shape to how it was in the past. We had to improve on the weaknesses we identified on the C30.Sauber C31-Ferrari A radical evolution Summarising all the efforts put into developing the new Sauber C31-Ferrari. of course. The design of the new front wing benefited from directions the engineers were pursuing towards the end of the 2011 season. which is a safety requirement. according to the new 2012 regulations. slightly more biased to a stronger front tyre than last year. and it is an evolution where we knew we could carry over certain approaches. Pirelli is in its second year. changes the way you balance the car. The chassis itself shows absolute minimum cross sections all the way to the cockpit. The dampers and springs are packaged quite differently compared to the C30 in order to support a new philosophy for the set-up of the front suspension. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 4 . particularly at the rear of the car. particularly some of our DRS developments. Morris also sees new challenges in this area: “We expect quite different tyre characteristics in 2012.” Despite continuity in respect of the tyre supplier. The compounds generally tend to be heading to slightly softer solutions. the nose cone needs to be lower. The biggest change coming from the new Technical Regulations is that the exhaust position had to be moved away from the floor. It helps to get the volume of the coolers forward and allows the design of very compact rear bodywork. This. the front suspension has been optimised for integration with the chassis and the upright. The cooling layout is based around a similar philosophy to the C30. “We had established some good directions to go in towards the end of last year with the C30 which we wanted to continue with. By an overall tidier design.

in terms of kinematics the engineers maintained a similar direction to the one they went in for the C30. and managed to improve what was already a lightweight and aerodynamically efficient solution. helped by the gearbox design. The exhaust tailpipe positions are regulated in 2012. As a result we evolved further our directions from C30 regarding the overall aero development of the car. onto which an all-new carbon transmission is bolted – also supplied by Ferrari. We will then be testing development parts during the th upcoming weeks with a late upgrade for the first race on 18 March in Australia. which was defined quite some time ago. It is mounted to the endplates and the lower wing. The rear wing will again manage without a centre pylon. Rear end A familiar element of the car is the Ferrari engine. and in addition the engineers have gone in some new directions around the floor at the back of the car. Therefore the car will look quite different in Melbourne compared to the roll-out car.Also with the roll-hoop the engineers were able to use the C30’s design as a good baseline. The rear suspension is now a pullrod design.” Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 5 . This design allows improved packaging of the rear spring and damper elements. The KERS that Ferrari provided in 2011 was very effective. of course. which has had a further effect on how the bodywork design has been set out.” Finally. maintains its DRS capability. Morris explains: “Because of the new definition in the rules we know that the disadvantages we had last year with a lack of the strong exhaust effect will be less of an issue for us now. The entire rear of the car is much more tightly packaged. The longitudinally mounted transmission is a very tidy. For the new season Ferrari has improved the system even further. Morris casts a glance at the next steps after the roll-out of the Sauber C31Ferrari: “The current plan is to launch a fairly basic roll-out version of the car. There were no major issues with its operation or reliability. neat unit. Despite the change from pushrod to pullrod. and. It shows a long pullrod towards the front of the gearbox and wide angled wishbones.

inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pullrods six-piston brake callipers (Brembo).800 mm height 1. longitudinally mounted.195 mm width 1.Sauber C31-Ferrari Chassis Front suspension carbon-fibre monocoque upper and lower wishbones. front 1. rear 1. carbon-fibre pads and discs (Brembo) Ferrari 7-speed quick-shift carbon gearbox. tank empty) Rear suspension Brakes Transmission Chassis electronics KERS Steering wheel Tyres Wheels Dimensions Weight Ferrari 056 engine Type naturally aspirated V8. driver. inboard springs and dampers (Sachs Race Engineering) actuated by pushrods upper and lower wishbones.398 cc Bore 98 mm Weight > 95 kg Electronic injection and ignition Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 6 .495 mm track width.410 mm 640 kg (incl.000 mm track width. carbon-fibre clutch MES Ferrari Sauber F1 Team Pirelli OZ Length 5. 90° cylinder angle Engine block sand-cast aluminium Valves / valve train 32 / pneumatic Displacement 2.

520 km PER – DNS th 70/ KOB – 7 th 305. km PER – 10 th 53/ KOB – 13 th 307.12 15.574 km PER – 7 (DQ) th 56/ KOB – 7 310.630 km PER – 16 60/ KOB – accident th 307. 25.12 14.125 km 5.052 km PER – accident 53/ KOB – retired 306.066 km PER – 17 No GP in 2011 66/ KOB – 10 th 307.309 km 4.09.12 07.12 27.104 km PER – 9 th 78/ KOB – 5 260.07.471 km PER – 8 th 55/ KOB – 15 th 308.909 km KOB – 9 th PER – 13 th th th KOB = Kamui Kobayashi / PER = Sergio Pérez / DLR = Pedro de la Rosa Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 7 .12 23.04.655 km 3.07.630 km PER – 15 th 44/ KOB – 12 308.408 km PER – retired th 56/ KOB – 10 th 305.10.12 24.615 km 5.554 km 4.12 22.12 18.11.270 km DLR – 12 th 57/ KOB – 16 th 308.451 km Laps/ Team result 2011 Race distance th 58/ KOB – 8 (DQ) th 307.793 km 5.2012 Calendar Dates & data Grand Prix 1 Australia Melbourne 2 Malaysia Sepang 3 China Shanghai 4 Bahrain Sakhir 5 Spain Barcelona 6 Monaco Monte Carlo 7 Canada Montreal 8 Europe Valencia 9 England Silverstone 10 Germany Hockenheim 11 Hungary Budapest 12 Belgium Spa 13 Italy Monza 14 Singapore Marina Bay 15 Japan Suzuka 16 Korea Yeongam 17 India Greater Noida 18 Abu Dhabi YAS Island 19 USA Austin 20 Brazil Sao Paulo Date 18.12 25.543 km 5.004 km 5.073 km 5.12 10.09.12 22.361 km 5.12 13.249 km PER – 10 th 55/ KOB – 10 th 305.11.12 09.12 29.11.12 28.12 02.381 km 7.807 km 5.720 km PER – retired th 61/ KOB – 14 th 309.747 km PER – 7 No GP in 2011 70/ KOB – 11 th 306.891 km Circuit length 5.883 km PER – 11 52/ KOB – retired th 306.07.303 km 5.05.355 km PER – 11 No GP in 2011 71/ 305.12 08.10.340 km 4.419 km 5.12 4.

Organisation Tasks & people Team Principal Peter Sauber (CH) Driver number 14 Kamui Kobayashi (JP) Driver number 15 Sergio Pérez (MX) Reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez (MX) CEO Monisha Kaltenborn (AT) Marketing Director Alex Sauber (CH) Operations Director Axel Kruse (DE) Chief Designer Matt Morris (GB) Head of Aerodynamics Willem Toet (GB and AU) Team Manager Beat Zehnder (CH) Giampaolo Dall’Ara (IT) Head of Track Engineering Race Engineer for Kamui Kobayashi Francesco Nenci (IT) Race Engineer for Sergio Pérez Marco Schüpbach (CH) Chief Mechanic Urs Kuratle (CH) Head of Communications Hanspeter Brack (CH) Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 8 .

design office and electronics department on the level above. which went on stream in spring 2004. with adjacent space for major production equipment such as the portal milling machine. you pass its lake with the same name on your right and drive southeast for half an hour before reaching Hinwil. On the ground floor is the truck bay.600 square metres.000 people at the foot of the 1. not counting the wind tunnel. with the administration. car body. This is where the Formula One racing cars are serviced and. measuring 141 metres in length (without the test section) and with a maximum tube diameter of 9.115-metre Bachtel mountain is a rural community. some 100 full-time employees of suppliers and service providers in the region depend for their livelihood on the company founded by Peter Sauber back in 1970. as seen for example in an enclosed bridge that links the wind tunnel with the area housing the design office. In addition to the aerodynamicists. This municipality of slightly over 10. the cars can also be seen from the third floor. Also housed here are the mechanical production department and the autoclaves. The second upper floor also houses the carbon-fibre. thanks to its design. Inside it are the workplaces of highly qualified specialists. The central area is an atrium. The wind tunnel is designed as a closed circuit. dimensions of the rolling road. is arresting with its glazed façade.Hinwil Headquarters & facilities Coming from Zurich. The second floor has a particularly fascinating design. model motion system and data acquisition. which measures 65 metres long by 50 metres wide and 17 metres high. quality control and warehouse are located on the first floor. thanks to prescient forward planning. The facility boasts cutting-edge technology for all the relevant aspects such as wind speed. The overall Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 9 . size of the test section and of the models. Efficiency is a paramount aspect. In addition to the Hinwil workforce. these also include model designers and model builders. International visitors tend to be heading for one place: Sauber Motorsport AG. The exterior view of this structure. Form follows function. This increased the surface area for offices and production facilities to 15. Notwithstanding the architectural appeal of the large building. which is itself eminently international: the 300 or so staff listed at the start of the 2012 season represent more than 20 different nationalities.4 metres. The eroding machines. Wind tunnel Immediately adjacent to the latest building stands the state-of-the-art wind tunnel. The attractive industrial complex consists of three sections which were built in succession and. the overall concept adhered to a strictly practical brief that ensured short distances and optimal work flows. were linked up in an ideal way. which was occupied at the end of 2007. Located between the first factory and office building (completed in 1992) and the wind tunnel building (opened in 2004) is the most recent extension. hydraulics and rapid prototyping departments. CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) engineers and other staff from the aerodynamics department.

Work is carried out almost exclusively using 60-percent scale models. At the heart of any wind tunnel is the test section. Load cells are mounted under the belt to measure wheel loads. Testing with the actual racing car is technically possible. whereas in fact it consists of clearly separate elements: the actual wind tunnel and a wing with work offices and an event platform where partners and sponsors can hold events in a unique setting. which ensures that the visual link is preserved while insulating it against the noise from the wind tunnel. The first-floor gallery has room for 150 guests.weight of all the steel elements plus the fan housing comes to 480 tonnes. the elegant wind tunnel building appears as a homogeneous hall. but tends to be the exception due to the regulations. The platform features a rotating steel belt which simulates the relative motion between the vehicle and the road and which runs in sync with the flow of air. This area is divided from the technical section by a glass wall. The singlestage axial fan with carbon rotor blades uses 3. Externally.000 kW at full load. the entire measuring platform can be rotated. To allow the test models to be exposed to the air stream not just frontally but at an angle of up to ten degrees as well. Both its diameter and the length of the rolling road are generously sized to provide optimal conditions for precise results. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 10 .

his wish was finally granted: with provisional backing from his father and Yamaha. The Sauber F1 Team’s Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi was in Barcelona. Kobayashi is respected for his commitment and frankness – and positively adored for his cheerful. west of Osaka. His success there was the passport into Toyota’s junior development programme and to Europe. an aspect of F1 in which he excelled suddenly found its importance significantly diminished in 2011. It was an emotional high point and tugged at the heartstrings of millions watching on TV around the world. It was also the day a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. he entered the Japanese kart racing scene. “I knew that Formula One gives me the platform to send a message around the world. “It’s the same for everyone.Kamui Kobayashi Heart & speed 11 March 2011 was the final day of Formula One testing ahead of last season. right and centre.” says the young Japanese driver. “especially as the Pirelli tyres were new for both the engineers and myself. He grew up with sushi but can’t abide it. But I learnt a great deal and am stronger for the experience. When the business was rebuilt after the 1995 earthquake. sitting in his car for the final race simulation. He was already pestering his father for a set of wheels as a young lad.” Unfortunately. He can rest assured that the message was heard. The adjustable rear wing allows drivers less gifted in the art of overtaking to pull off passing moves. raw fish is not among them. he lined up alongside another newcomer in 2011 in the shape of Sergio Pérez. The first thing he unfailingly does when he arrives at a race track is dash to the garage and the kitchen to greet everyone. easygoing nature. But it wasn’t only Kamui’s home country that had pinned its hopes on him in 2011. His f ather ran a sushi restaurant in Amagasaki. He was also asked to take on leadership responsibilities within the Sauber F1 Team in what was only his second full season in Formula One.” he recalls. but Kobayashi would never use this reality to bolster his own case. Kamui was nine years old when the Kobe earthquake struck. The delight he takes in the smallest things even conjures a smile on the faces of the toughest guys. Sunny side Among his team-mates. “It wasn’t always easy for me. Kobayashi’s widely admired overtaking skill was devalued by the advent of the Drag Reduction System (DRS). it was as a delivery service. th Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 11 . While Kobayashi is partial to many Japanese dishes. Neither his parents nor his older brother or younger sister share Kamui Kobayashi’s passion for racing. which resulted in drivers changing places left. The Japanese Grand Prix was preceded by the national anthem sung by a girls’ choir from Fukushima who Kobayashi had invited to the event. At the age of nine. And for him.” Kamui concedes. Concern for his country and a deep sense of responsibility to make every effort to help stayed with the 25-year-old throughout his second season in Formula One. “At first I couldn’t take in the scale of what I was seeing and hearing.” he said. the matter is closed. After being crowned the leading rookie in Formula One himself in 2010.

a trip to Macau.” says Kobayashi. nd Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 12 . But when it came to day-to-day living. In 2011 Kobayashi recorded the team’s best result of the season. and Kobayashi was lining up for his first GP. seven months had elapsed since the last time he had sat in an F1 car. the Japanese driver was still able to pick up two World Championship points in Brazil to end the season on a th positive note. “and the Italians were so very different from the Japanese.” he gratefully recalls. With Japanese his only language. In 2007. The Interlagos result meant he finished with 30 points and in 12 place once again in the drivers’ standings.” he remembers with a grin. The disappointment was accordingly great when he failed to build on this success in the main GP2 Series in 2009. for several months in 2011 he had no apartment of his own and lived out of a suitcase. “Every day was a challenge. At the season th finale in Abu Dhabi he qualified 12 . It didn’t take him long to claim his first win in the European GP2. but a beach or a city with plenty of nightlife anywhere in the world can also be “the right place” – Kamui Kobayashi is somebody who enjoys life. aged 17. Two weeks on. That success paved the way for the Formula 3 Euro Series and. Upwards and onwards In 2005 he won the Italian Formula Renault crown as well as the series’ Eurocup. but I knew what I wanted. In both races it was his combative skills that stood out. At his debut race in Interlagos th he finished ninth (11 in qualifying). Kobayashi moved to Italy to compete in Formula Renault. but fortunately Kobayashi seems to be a born globetrotter. In some ways we are more like the Germans – very punctual and very proper. By the end of 2007. If I was going to become a racing driver. Toyota had signed him as their F1 reserve driver for 2008. Alongside this Kobayashi contested the 2008 and 2009 GP2 Series in Asia and Europe. giving his confidence a major boost. he was left to his own devices. finishing fifth in the Monaco GP. He has now found himself a home in Monaco. while in Abu Dhabi he also displayed his astuteness in implementing a race strategy. Meanwhile. I was in the right place. “Toyota fixed me up with an apartment and gave me a lot of support. my career might have been over at that point. The team’s progress then stalled as they endured a difficult period on a technical level. The first half of the season also yielded a pair of seventh places and his best qualifying performance of eighth.” Wasn’t loneliness a problem? “Sometimes it was tough.” Today the right place remains more important than a permanent home. However. back at the race track. The Japanese rookie did not disappoint in 2010 and overcame a number of technical retirements to collect 32 World Championship points. Indeed. Peter Sauber has a keen eye for burgeoning talent and made his move. and with it promotion. a win at Magny-Cours in France and further podium finishes earned him fourth place overall in the Formula 3 Euro Series. He duly took pole on the highly challenging track and won the qualifying race. distinguished himself as the best of the drivers on a one-stop strategy. When he climbed into Glock’s Toyota cockpit for free practice in Suzuka on 2 October 2009. But I liked the Italian way of life from the word go. at the year’s end. Only Felipe Massa had previously won both titles in a single year. “If I hadn’t had the opportunity to stand in for Timo Glock at Toyota.Europe In 2004. just short of the points positions. and earned three points for sixth place. and in the winter of 2008/2009 he ran away with the GP2 Asia title. he consistently pays homage to his native country: his helmet is dominated by the colour red found at the centre of the Japanese flag. he had problems in the supermarket telling shampoo from washing-up liquid.

practice in Suzuka. first th points in second race drive in Abu Dhabi (6 place) th 12 place Formula One World Championship (BMW Sauber F1 Team) th 12 place Formula One World Championship (Sauber F1 Team) th Sao Paulo 2009. 7th place Formula Renault Italy. 2 wins (Sepang. Japan Toyota Drivers Academy. st 1 place Formula Renault Italy.kamui-kobayashi. 4 poles. 2 poles. 2 Single 1. Formula One: official third driver Toyota. Toyota Driver Program. 1 pole position. Rookie of the Year. Asia Pacific Championship (ICA Class). 3 poles. th 16 place GP2 Main Series (DAMS).68 m / 58 kg Vacationing and enjoying life Japanese food minus the raw fish Milkshakes House Magny-Cours and Silverstone Japanese. st 1 place Suzuka Karting Championship st 1 place All Japan Kart Championship (ICA Class). raced in the Esso Formula Toyota Racing School.Kamui Kobayashi Date / place of birth Nationality Residence Website Marital status Height / Weight Hobbies Favourite dish Favourite drink Favourite music Favourite race track Languages Career: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 13 September 1986 / Amagasaki (JP) Japanese Monaco (MC) www. qualified for a scholarship Kart Euro Championship. 1 win (Barcelona). rd 3 place SL Takarazuka Tournament (Cadet Class) st 1 place SL All Japan Tournament (Cadet Class) st 1 place JAF Cup West (Cadet Class) st 1 place SL All Japan Tournament (S Stock. Formula One Test with Toyota th 4 place F3 Euro Series. English th 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 F1 statistics pre-2012: First GP GP starts Best race result Best qualifying Points Wins Pole positions Podium places Fastest race laps Started kart racing in Japan. 2 wins st 1 place Formula Renault Euro Cup. 6 wins. 6 wins th 8 place Formula 3 Euro Series. pole position and win in the 1st race of the F3 World Final in Macau. 4 poles. 32 points in 2010. th 16 place GP2 Main Series (DAMS). Formula One: official third driver Panasonic Toyota Racing Team st 1 place GP2 Asia (DAMS). racing debut in Interlagos. D Class) st 1 place All Japan Junior Kart Championship. 9 place 40 th 5 (Monaco 2011) th 8 (Silverstone 2011) 65 (3 points in 2009. 1 win (Magny-Cours) th 6 place GP2 Asia (DAMS). 30 points in 2011) - Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 13 . formula racing debut in the Esso Formula Toyota Series (race 10) nd 2 place Formula Toyota. Sakhir).

” As his father recollects with pride. Checo. over 150. “From that moment on my goal was to get into Formula One. The pressure of expectation in Mexico was huge.Sergio Pérez Shine & fight His rookie season certainly wasn’t dull. but Pérez still managed to post the secondfastest lap of the race and crossed the line in eighth position. The C30 was struggling technically at that point in the season. F1 taketh away. Pérez was to suffer another setback in Monaco. famous for mariachi and tequila.” th Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 14 . However.000 people turned out for an F1 demo event in his home city of Guadalajara in late February 2011. Moving from the one to the other would be a huge adjustment for anybody. but for a 15-year-old Mexican striking out on his own it was a fair shock to the system.500 inhabitants near Landshut in the conservative German state of Bavaria. Sergio was six years old when he was first allowed to join his father and brother at the kart track. Pérez stuck at it. as he was soon to discover. His highest finish was seventh at Silverstone. his home nation rose up in applause. continued to greet all-comers with a beaming smile – and continued to show his teeth on the race track as well. but he rates Japan as his best race of 2011. The beginnings Guadalajara is a city of over 1. as anyone christened Sergio is invariably known in Mexico. Both the team’s cars were later disqualified after the radius of a rear wing element (which had no effect on performance) was deemed to have contravened the regulations. When Sergio Pérez became the first Mexican driver in Formula One for 30 years. the youngster was determined to become a Formula One racing driver. and wet races became Sergio’s passion. The family’s first-born son. Sergio Pérez’ upbringing was steeped in motor sport. is a small town of 11. Sergio’s brother Antonio likewise became a racing driver and now competes in NASCAR. Vilsbiburg. The Mexican youngster was left with severe concussion. His father had been a racing driver himself and managed the career of Mexican driver Adrian Fernandez.5 million in northwest Mexico – the second most populous in this vast country. necessitating a tworace break and leaving him “not feeling one hundred per cent fit” for the three subsequent Grands Prix. he battled his way successfully through what was a rollercoaster debut season. he brought his Sauber C30-Ferrari home in seventh place thanks to a successful team strategy and his tyrefriendly driving style. Indeed. And yet. And yet Pérez never let his difficulties show. and buoyed by a thriving industry. Indeed. by contrast. “We had a lot of rain. making it into the qualifying top ten on another two occasions (Budapest and Spa) and finishing in the points in five out of the 17 races he started. F1 giveth. He had just made it into the top-ten qualifying shootout for the first time when he lost control of the car on the exit from the high-speed tunnel section and slammed into the barriers with withering force. yet the now 22-yearold faced it down and established himself in what he called “a completely new world” – but only after overcoming one or two hurdles along the way. In his Formula One debut in Melbourne on 27 March 2011.

I’m deeply grateful to him. Pérez signed up with ADAC Berlin Brandenburg and took up residence in the German capital.” Carlos Slim Domit took Sergio Pérez under his wing at Escuderia Telmex. I often got up at two o’clock in the night to talk to teams in Europe because of the time difference. “I would lie and tell them I had sponsorship backing. Pérez moved to Germany and in 2005 became the youngest participant in Formula BMW. “He often rang me up and gave me pep talks. though not as a team-mate.” In his second season of Formula BMW. aged just 15. Günther Unterreitmeier of 4speed Media. He had chalked up five wins and signed a Formula One contract with the Sauber F1 Team before the final round. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 15 . “When you come into Formula One you’re entering a whole new world. He had long known he would have to head for Europe to pursue his path into Formula One. The junior driver was homesick. His team manager at the time.The budding young racer won karting championships in Mexico and the USA before making it into Skip Barber’s monoposto series. I nearly lost it. You just have to find a way of dealing with it all if you want to be successful. It was here that he encountered Kamui Kobayashi in 2009. which meant the two of them had few dealings with one another. “When I was 14 and still living in Mexico.” When asked about his personal strengths. In fact you’re working much harder altogether.” he confirms. where in 2007 he won the National Formula 3 Championship with a record tally of 14 wins. The international scene After competing in the International British Formula 3 Championship in 2008 (four wins. “I want to be world champion one day. owned a restaurant in Vilsbiburg where Sergio was given a small room. From the outset he had his sights set on the very pinnacle of the sport.” he recalls. Every detail is important – both in and out of the car.” His rookie season showed him how much has to slot into place to achieve that goal. Carlos Slim Domit was his close confidant during this difficult time.” That much is clear from his career so far. fourth overall) it was time for Sergio Pérez to step up into the next league.” he says. “I’m not in Formula One to make up the numbers. “Sometimes I was so distraught. He first entered the GP2 Asia and then the Main Series. His next stop was England. 14 pole positions and nine fastest race laps. In 2010 Pérez concluded his second GP2 season as championship runner-up. “You’re working with a lot more people and at a much higher level. There is a lot of media interest and all of this combined has an effect on your private life. he says: “I never give up.” he confesses. couldn’t speak German and desperately missed his family. His advice really helped me not to lose sight of my target.

2 poles. English th 2008 2009 2010 2011 F1 statistics pre-2012: First GP GP starts Best race result Best qualifying Points Wins Pole positions Podium places Fastest race laps Kart racing in Mexico and the USA.sergioperez. 14 poles. 2 poles th nd 14 place German Formula BMW. 7 place (disqualified) 17 th 7 (Silverstone 2011) th 9 (Spa 2011) 14 - Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 16 . golf Mexican and Italian dishes Piña colada Pop Monza and Spa Single 1. Spa. Portuguese. Jalisco. 2 wins (Campos).2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 26 January 1990 / Guadalajara. 4 wins th 7 place GP2 Asia. 9 fastest race laps. 1 pole position. 14 wins. football. Mexico Mexican Monaco (MC) www. th 10 place A1GP as rookie. 2 fastest race laps th 4 place International British Formula 3 Championship.Sergio Pérez Date / Place of birth Nationality Residence Website Marital status Height / Weight Hobbies Favourite food Favourite drink Favourite music Favourite race track Languages Career: 1996 . member of Escuderia Telmex th 11 place Skip Barber National Championship. th 12 place GP2. 2 podium places (Telmex Arden) nd 2 place GP2 (Addax). 1 pole position.73 m / 63 kg Karting. 2 place in his debut race th 6 place German Formula BMW st 1 place National British Formula 3 Championship. 1 pole position. Hockenheim. 5 fastest race laps. five championship wins. 7 fastest race laps. Abu Dhabi) th 15 place Formula One World Championship (Sauber F1 Team) th Melbourne 2011. Silverstone. 5 wins (Monaco.

Chauffeuring all of them around individually was not an option for the parents. “Dealing with highs and lows is all part of the preparation for Formula One. which includes a supermarket chain. the Head of Track Engineering could hardly have paid the 20 year-old Mexican Esteban Gutiérrez a greater compliment. who have six children in all. For the older brother it was to remain a hobby: today he works for his father’s business.” says the Team Principal.” His goals are clear and his family are right behind him. “Time and again he made his mark with intelligent fighting performances. with the GP3 races ensuring Gutiérrez was on location during the European F1 events. Esteban is the youngest but one and has four brothers and a sister. At the age of 13 he began competing in races. and so it was rather convenient that Esteban discovered karting as a hobby at the same time as his brother Andres. his career soon picked up speed. That earned him a Formula One test. a wholesaler for the outlets. “It’s not as if you grow up overnight.” he says. which he took in Jerez at the end of 2009. To watch him fighting in the 2010 GP3 Series was sheer joy. Anyone in the Formula One crew with any time to spare made sure to keep an eye on those races. racking up 173 laps with consummate ease as part of a demanding test programme. The team got to know young Gutiérrez in 2008 when he notched up an outstanding season in Formula BMW Europe. whose car he will be driving in 2012 for his second GP2 season. and a steel company.” 2011 proved to be a test of Gutiérrez’ patience in this regard. Not that he was going to let that get him down. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 17 . he soon “grew” into the team. when I started clamouring for a go-kart. After Formula BMW came Formula 3 and GP3. seven years his senior.” However.” After cutting his teeth in kart racing in 2004.Esteban Gutiérrez Growing & learning Giampaolo Dall’Ara sounded alm ost apologetic after the two days of testing in Abu Dhabi: “When we’re working with him we sometimes forget how young and new to the sport he is. at 15 he had switched to a single-seater race car. Lotus ART. And yet here he was in November 2011. and at 16 he was lining up on the grid in Europe for the first time. The prior experience of the Sauber F1 Team’s official test and reserve driver in Formula One had previously stood at two taster days at the Young Driver Days event. The schedules dovetailed neatly. Peter Sauber took delight in the young driver: “I had been watching Esteban for some time. We are confident he will sustain his strong development trajectory. The Mexican acquitted himself well and Sauber took him under its wing as an affiliated driver for 2010. Making regular trackside appearances are his father Roberto Manuel Gutiérrez Muguerza and his mother Clara. Twice he found himself on the podium after the second race on th a race Sunday. my father was initially opposed. winning in Valencia and coming home second in Budapest. But 13 place in the overall standings at the season’s end was a long way from where he wanted to be. as if by magic. “However.” recalls Esteban Gutiérrez. With ample opportunity to listen in to the radio communications in the Formula One garage and attend technical briefings. His first GP2 season did not run according plan. “As children we were always busy doing things and we also had a lot of different toys. He subsequently moved to Paris to be closer to his team.

test drives A1 GP. Kings of Lion Monaco Spanish. test drives Formula 3 Euro Series th 9 place Formula 3 Euro Series (ART Grand Prix Team). nd one 2 place (Race 2 in Budapest). three poles. st th 1 place North Mexican Series. motorbike trials Italian cuisine and sushi Lemonade Cold Play. five wins. one win (Race 2 in Valencia).com Single 1. Muse. nine poles in 14 qualifyings. test and reserve driver for the Sauber F1 Team Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 18 . three poles.estebanracing.Esteban Gutiérrez Date / Place of birth Nationality Residence Website Marital status Height / Weight Hobbies Favourite food Favourite drink Favourite music Favourite race track Languages Career: 2004 2005 2006 5 August 1991 / Monterrey. Formula Master races in Imola and German Formula 3 Championship in Oschersleben. rd 3 place Formula BMW World Final in Mexico City. two F1 test days at the Young Driver Days GP2 Series (Lotus ART). th 11 place GP2 Asia (Lotus ART). nine podium places. Rookie of the Year. test and reserve driver for the Sauber F1 Team. Mexico Mexican Paris (FR) www. test drives Formula Renault nd 2 place Formula BMW USA. English. seven wins in 16 races. Formula BMW races in Hockenheim and World Final in Valencia st 1 place Formula BMW Europe. Nuevo Leon. rd 3 place in the Grand Nationals in South Bend Kart racing: Mexican Rotax Max Challenge. French th 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Kart racing: Mexican Rotax Max Challenge Kart racing: Mexican Rotax Max Challenge. one test day th 13 place GP2 Series (Lotus ART). affiliated driver at Sauber Motorsport for Formula One. 4 place in the Mexican Grand Nationals in Zacatecas. one test day Formula One (BMW Sauber F1 Team) and test drives GP2 (Teams ART and Arden) st 1 place GP3 Series (ART). Camkart Challenge Mexico: five wins in five races.80 m / 61 kg Karting. four wins.

However. brought fresh air into the company and also gives Sauber some breathing space. He has been married to the same wife for over 40 years and makes a point of naming his racing cars after her – the C stands for Christiane Sauber. On the outside he is the front man.” he declares. set the course for some remarkable achievements. In the mid-1980s he brought Mercedes back onto the international racing stage. No luxury yachts. he enjoys taking his motorbike out for a spin or heading off for the ski slopes. he has cut his professional cloth to suit him: he is Team Principal. Peter Sauber (which translates as “clean”) enjoys the reputation of a straight-as-a-die racer and responsible businessman. even though he became Swiss champion in 1970 in the C1. He divides his time between his house in Wilen on Lake Zurich and his second home in Laax. Peter Sauber has also successfully applied his powers of persuasion to negotiations with corporate executives.Peter Sauber – Team Principal Entrepreneur & racer What’s in a name? As a Formula One team boss. no scandals – just a decent glass of red and a good cigar: that’s about the limit of his occasional indulgences.” Now 68. along with his ability to talk others into an involvement. The couple have two grown-up sons and two grandchildren. he is no longer involved in business operations at Hinwil: that is the remit of the management team under CEO Monisha Kaltenborn. first and foremost with Monisha Kaltenborn as CEO. By his own estimation. This. yet some team members have been on board for over 20 years now. “but it was the only way to save the workplaces and technical facilities. Time permitting. who joined in 2010 as Marketing Director. But his passion for building cars proved greater and was matched by the courage it took to set up his own operation. Formula One is known for its rapid burnout effect on those involved. while in day-to-day business he takes a back seat. In January 2006. A glimpse inside the team shows ample evidence of this. team owner and President of the Board of Directors. The Swiss entrepreneur built up his team in his home country – where motor racing wasn’t exactly popular – and has weathered some rough times over the course of 40 years. the qualified electrician would not have got very far as a racing driver. as well as heading up the team trackside. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 19 . This structural realignment. his first selfconstructed race car. 2010 saw him return to the pit wall after buying back the business from BMW at the end of 2009. TV audiences across Switzerland’s various language regions voted Peter Sauber “Swiss of the Year” for 2005. and it was with Sauber’s team that BMW planned its future in motor sport’s crowning discipline. in recognition of his achievements in both the sporting and the business world. Also on the management board is Sauber’s younger son Alex (born 1973). “It wasn’t by choice.

one-two in the Le Mans 24 Hours World Sports Car Championship manufacturers’ and drivers’ title (Sauber Mercedes C11). golf th 1990 1993 2001 January 2006 2007 2008 November 2009 Swiss champion (as driver) in a self-built sports car (Sauber C1) Interserie championship title. horse-riding. Sauber named 2005 “Swiss of the Year” 101 World Championship points. Switzerland Swiss Wilen (CH) Married to Christiane. one-two in the Canadian GP with Robert Kubica ahead of Nick Heidfeld. Karl Wendlinger.Peter Sauber Date / place of birth Nationality Residence Marital status Hobbies Career: 1970 1976 1982 1986 1989 13 October 1943 / Zurich. 5 place for JJ Lehto (Sauber C12) th 4 place in the Constructors’ World Championship with Kimi Räikkönen and Nick Heidfeld (Sauber C20) BMW takes a majority stake in the team. Heinz-Harald Frentzen th Formula One debut at the South African GP. setting up of junior team with Michael Schumacher. 11 podiums. nd 2 place in the Constructors’ World Championship 135 World Championship points. Herbert Müller (Sauber C5) Debut in World Sports Car Championship Victory in the Nürburgring 1000 km race. rd 3 place in the Constructors’ World Championship Team bought back from BMW Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 20 . sons Philipp (1971) and Alex (1973) Motorcycling. Nürburgring (SauberMercedes C8) World Sports Car Championship manufacturers’ and drivers’ title (Sauber-Mercedes C9). skiing. Sauber takes on an advisory role in the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

She rates the limelight purely in terms of whether it’s good for the team or not. In 2010 she became the first woman to head up the business operations of an F1 team. Unlike a form er team boss: “For a whole year he assumed I was Peter Sauber’s interpreter. When a rare window of leisure time opens up. worked for the United Nations as well as for German and Austrian law firms. Monisha Kaltenborn had no time for minor aspirations. though she was well known to company directors and key figures such as Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt. she was the first woman to attend an FIA press conference. where she was representing the team’s top management. she will usually make the most of it on a yoga mat. Prior to 2010 she rarely appeared on the public radar. She plotted her career path early on: law was what interested her. “Back then it happened not out of necessity but more out of curiosity. When she made her first acquaintance with the world of motor sport. Kaltenborn’s career trajectory led her from the Fritz Kaiser Group straight into Formula One.Monisha Kaltenborn – CEO Charm & acuteness As a child her ambition was to be an astronaut. Negotiating watertight contracts with drivers. which she now heads after her appointment as CEO in 2010. When Kaiser sold off his shares in the team at the turn of the millennium. and in Suzuka she stood in for Peter Sauber on the pit wall stand – both occasions attracting a good deal of attention. their nine-year-old son and six-year-old daughter. she was determined one day to compete in the ParisDakar Rally. Kaltenborn is involved in the FIA’s Women and Motorsport Commission founded in April 2010 and headed by Michèle Mouton.” It was there that Monisha Kaltenborn completed her law degree and took on Austrian citizenship. “and in the end my parents opted for Vienna. Many aspects of her high profile have now become routine. Kaiser was a shareholder in the Red Bull Sauber F1 Team. lives in Küsnacht. on the tennis court or on a rare visit to the opera. and the inaugural Grand Prix in her native India brought her even more into the spotlight. “Being underestimated can sometimes be an advantage to be exploited. “takes place behind the scenes. “But the truly exciting part of my job. sponsors and suppliers was her daily fare over all those years. Kaltenborn. She was to continue her law studies at various internationally renowned universities. She was eight years old when her family decided to emigrate from their homeland of India and settle in a different part of the planet.” Kaltenborn recalls with a laugh. Now aged 40. At Hockenheim in 2010. When she joined the Fritz Kaiser Group in 1998. she moved to Hinwil to run the Sauber Group’s legal department. She has been on the Board of Management since 2001.” she points out. just a 20-minute drive from the factory.” Strict management structures are also de rigueur in her private life.” she says. with her German husband Jens. and she also had an executive position firmly in mind. She also dealt with relations with the FIA and the commercial rights holder FOM. But her objectivity is no bar to the sheer enjoyment she takes in her job. She has no problem in graciously allowing a man in a man’s world to believe what he wants and will occasionally conceal her razor-sharp mind behind a smile.” she recalls. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 21 . The group’s legal and corporate affairs became Kaltenborn’s responsibility. which she will sometimes admit with refreshing candour to be “really cool”.

Hirsch in Stuttgart (DE) Law firm Wolf. Theis + Partner in Vienna (AT) Fritz Kaiser Group. research work for the UN Commission for International Trade Law in Vienna Master of Law. India Austrian Küsnacht (CH) Married to Jens. International Business Law. one son (2002). Lutz. Hootz. qualified as Magister iuris Seminar on International Civil Law. Head of the Legal Department Member of the Board of Management CEO Sauber Motorsport AG Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 22 . at the London School of Economics (GB) Law firm Gleiss.Monisha Kaltenborn Date / place of birth Nationality Residence Marital status Hobbies Career: 1990-1995 1994 1995 10 May 1971 / Dehradun. Hague Academy for International Law (NL) Research assistant at the UN Organisation for Industrial Development in Vienna. tennis. legal and corporate affairs of the Red Bull Sauber F1 Team Sauber Group. one daughter (2005) Yoga. opera th 1996 1996/1997 1997/1998 1998/1999 2000 2001 From January 2010 Law degree at the University of Vienna (AT).

The monocoque consists of a carbon-fibre/aluminium honeycomb composite. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 23 . the car’s nose at the front. finite-element calculations are carried out to ensure that the safety cell complies with the necessary levels of rigidity and strength identified by the engineers. Every single safety cell has to be homologated by the FIA. the two halves are glued together. The engine is flanged onto it at the rear. After a crash. These include the dimensions – as per regulations – of the cockpit opening. the first stage is to define the surface form. Following that. These are based on the one hand on the dynamic loads experienced by the car. the side-on impact at 10 m/s and the stationary load test for the rollover bar. The shape of the monocoque is dictated by various factors. the size of the fuel tank. which has to withstand around 12 tonnes of pressure. The most important tests are the frontal crash (with the nose section) at a speed of 15 m/s.Technology and background Monocoque The monocoque constitutes the core of every Formula One car. At Hinwil. although only the first example has to pass the full range of tests. Standards have become increasingly stringent over recent years. and on the other on the safety stipulations of the FIA. which makes for extremely high rigidity and strength while keeping weight low. dramatic fire accidents are a thing of the past. a monocoque is made up of some 1. The composite engineers work out how many layers of carbon fibre are needed in which areas of the car so as to fulfil the diverse requirements. ensuring a significant increase in passive safety for the drivers. Following several curing stages in the autoclave. the driver’s physique and various aerodynamic requirements. It is the driver’s workplace and survival cell in one. Because the fuel tank is also contained within the monocoque. In the design process for the monocoque. for example. as well as the length of the wheelbase. In areas subjected to particularly high loads. depending on whether forces are exerted from a single direction or several. Here they can also select various types of carbon fibre. The final stage involves the assembly of numerous securing components. A total of five dynamic and 14 stationary tests are carried out on the car as a whole. Their extremely high strength means that monocoques provide drivers with maximum protection even in major accidents. four monocoques are built per year for use in races and testing as well as for rig tests. In total. the safety cell can almost always be repaired.500 individual carbon-fibre elements. It consists of two half-shells into which additional strengthening elements are glued. up to 60 layers of carbon fibre may be stacked on top of each other.

Once this process has been completed. Carbon fibres have a diameter of five to eight micrometres. When everything is ready. gearbox components and wheel carriers. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 24 .Carbon fibre With the exception of the engine. The downside is the highly complex manufacturing process and the high cost of the material: one square metre of preimpregnated carbon-fibre sheeting costs from 50 to 200 euros. Using a five-axis milling machine. or Computer Aided Manufacturing. Approximately 20 different types of carbon-fibre material are used in Formula One. the resulting negative mould is then ready to be used for the manufacture of the actual carbon-fibre component. After this curing process. for example. If forces only come from one direction. Specialist composite engineers determine which weave is required with which resin and how many layers are needed to achieve the desired properties. Generally.000 and some 20. The laminators lay the pre-shaped carbon-fibre pieces on top of and alongside each other in the negative mould following plans drawn up by the composite engineers. First the component is designed on the computer by means of CAD (Computer Aided Design). The laminators lay the pre-shaped carbon-fibre pieces on this tooling block. It compares with steel in terms of rigidity. The manufacturing process for carbon-fibre parts involves several stages. vacuum-sealed and baked for five or six hours at a temperature of approx. a Formula One car is made almost entirely of carbon fibre. where it is cured for 10 to 20 hours at a temperature of around 50°C. the individual parts are further refined and combined to form complete components. consists of around 20 individual carbon-fibre parts. This data is then refined and serves as a basis for CAM. yet it is around five times lighter. between 1. these can number up to several hundred. vacuum-sealed and placed inside an autoclave. The salient properties of carbon are its high rigidity and strength coupled with very low weight. whereas forces emanating from various directions require a bidirectional weave. For components that have to be exceptionally robust. the entire item is packed into a polythene bag. 150°C.000 fibres are bundled together before being woven into fabric-like structures. Following some final touches. a unidirectional weave is used. the form is cut into a tooling block that serves as a positive mould. the mould with its carbon-fibre inlay is likewise packed into a polythene bag. Kevlar or Zylon are used alongside the carbon fibre. A front wing. largely distinguished by their structure and the type of resin with which they are impregnated. Depending on the component.

Unlike road cars with their steel brake discs. When following the safety car. and therefore also two master cylinders – one for each circuit. The diameter of the master cylinder is variable. While carbon fibre is used for the discs and pads. For maximum deceleration. resulting in significant loss of braking performance. But they have to be careful. The braking power – which can sometimes peak at over 5g – is quite literally breathtaking. A smaller-diameter master cylinder limits maximum braking pressure but will give better feel. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 25 . This is always a challenge for the drivers. the surface of the discs could harden. This kind of deceleration derives from a combination of high aerodynamic downforces and extremely high-performance braking systems.Brakes As a rule. it is important to keep the brake discs at the right temperature. it is perfectly normal practice for Formula One drivers to alter the brake force distribution on their car during the race by using a lever in the cockpit. The optimal range lies between 350° and 550° Celsius. depending on the preferences of the driver. for example. Different race circuits make different demands in terms of brake venting. drivers will typically apply anything up to 150 kg of force at the pedal. the temperature of the brakes can soon fall below 200°C. A track like Montreal.000 euros.000° are permissible. who have to increase the temperature of their brakes as much as possible just before the safety car is withdrawn and the race restarts. And the costs are equally impressive. otherwise there is a risk the brake discs could vitrify. The driver’s foot has to pile on plenty of pressure too – coming into the first chicane at Monza. the driver can direct more brake force to the rear in order to reduce the load on the front wheels.5 seconds and 130 metres to brake from 335 km/h to 90 km/h. the driver will normally use one set of brakes and pads on the Friday. During a race weekend. the six-cylinder front and rear callipers are made of aluminium alloy. it is not so much the speed as the deceleration that really takes a rookie driver by surprise the first time he gets behind the wheel of a Formula One car. On safety grounds. one front and one rear. Formula One cars have two brake circuits. then swap them for a new set that has to last throughout qualifying and the race itself. Not only are these components much lighter than their steel counterparts – a complete set of discs and pads weighs less than 10 kg – but they can also generate vast amounts of braking energy. For the driver. where the brakes take a lot of punishment. where the demand is low. the effect is like being punched in the pit of the stomach. racing cars use carbon-fibre discs and pads. In other words. But they can be sure of getting results: cars need no more than 2. will require a high degree of brake cooling – unlike Silverstone. Drivers also have a second lever with which they can adjust the brake balance for each individual corner. If the front wheels are showing a tendency to lock. Finally. although short peaks of up to 1. A complete set of discs and pads sets you back around 13.

During the finishing process. The engineers then use this scan to create a mathematical surface based on which the shape of the seat is milled into a tooling block. he advises on where he would like changes to be made. the interior surface of the provisional model is electronically scanned. In addition. To create the definitive seat. Following that. Depending on driver preference. which includes cutting the apertures for the safety and rescue belts and adding a layer of padding roughly one millimetre thick. When the perfect fit has been established. A carbon-fibre shell with a lid forms the basis. which is in turn wrapped in carbon fibre. various coverings are used. When a new seat is manufactured. That is why each driver uses his own seat that has been precisely tailored to his body measurements. The first stage of the design process involves the engineers specifying the functions that are to be controlled by buttons or rotary switches. The holes for the switches and buttons are drilled into the lid before the foam for the steering wheel grip is applied.Seat As well as generating immense deceleration under braking. The driver gets inside the seat and waits until the mass gradually moulds itself to his body shape. Now the buttons and switches are mounted and wired up to the circuit board before the display is connected as well. the seat foam or polystyrene granules are left to harden. During a race these forces are repeatedly exerted on the drivers over a period of one-and-a-half to two hours. This contains either a dual-component foam or polystyrene granules which are then vacuumised. While this is going on. Through the layering of individual carbon-fibre sheets. This kind of seat fitting will occupy a driver for between half a day and a full day. The resulting seat is a transitional version which will be used for the initial test drives and serve as a prototype for the permanent seat. Now the driver can judge whether all the controls are in just the right position. He uses it to steer. Formula One cars also subject the drivers to over 4 g of lateral acceleration through corners. Steering wheel The steering wheel of a Formula One car acts as the dr iver’s command centre. If not. a basic carbon-fibre shell is lined with a polythene bag. as well as controlling numerous electronic functions by means of various buttons and switches. the initial layout is determined before a provisional version of the steering wheel is made by means of rapid prototyping. operate the clutch and change gear. A finished seat weighs in at around three kilograms. the final seat takes shape before being cured in the autoclave. which means the perfect seating position is absolutely crucial as even the tiniest pressure points can lead to pain or cramp. In the final stage the seat is given its finish. small modifications are repeatedly carried out. the grip can be lined with leather or even with a silicon mass moulded to the shape of the driver’s hands. Since 2008 the circuit board and the display have been Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 26 . the position of the steering wheel and the pedals are adjusted. Manufacture of the definitive wheel can now start.

Once all the electronics work has been carried out. Once the tests have been successfully completed. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 27 .part of the SECU (Standard Electronic Control Unit) and are available from the FIA as standardised components. the specialists start mounting the mechanical parts on the reverse of the steering wheel. Before the steering wheel is deployed on the track. The quick release mechanism must also pass an FIA test in which the driver has to be able to vacate the cockpit within five seconds. these include the gearshift and clutch paddles as well as the quick release mechanism.8 kg high-tech component is ready for action. it is thoroughly checked on a test rig. It is a familiar sight to see drivers removing the steering wheel to get in and out of the car and then replacing it afterwards. the buttons and switches are glued onto the reverse of the frame – and the 1.

Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 28 . Peter Sauber was able to celebrate the th 40 anniversary of Sauber Motorsport had a lot to do with chance in the early days. later on. He trained as an electrical fitter with the aim of gaining further qualifications and following in his father’s footsteps. and motor racing didn’t do anything for him at all. With the C1 he won the 1970 Swiss sports car championship. That same year. but afterwards it was down to sheer perseverance and. But he would not be deterred and battled on determinedly. The fact that. For a bit of fun he then entered it in a few club races in 1967. Peter Sauber’s father owned a company for electrical systems which employed around 200 staff and had premises in Zurich as well as on Wildbachstrasse in Hinwil. Far more significantly. He modified his Beetle to such an extent that eventually it was no longer fit for road use. in 2010. The “C” was retained as a trademark. But it would all turn out rather differently. In 1974 he donned his helmet for the last time before turning his full attention to car construction. a good deal of hard graft and skill. He was commissioned by Swiss composite materials manufacturer Seger & Hoffmann to build a car for the Group C World Sports Car Championship: it was to become the Sauber C6. In 1981 Hans-Joachim Stuck and Nelson Piquet won the Nürburgring 1000-kilometre race in a Sauber-built Group 5 BMW M1. The working day often stretched deep into the night and money was in short supply. It wasn’t the easiest of tasks Sauber had set himself: surviving on constructing racing sports cars in Switzerland seemed a doomed prospect. In 1967 Sauber used to drive to work every day in a VW Beetle – until a friend persuaded him to have some tuning work done. he set up PP Sauber AG and moved into a specially built workshop on his father’s company premises on Wildbachstrasse in Hinwil. Which led to the next stage in Sauber’s career: in 1970 he decided to set himself up as an independent builder of open two-seater racing sports cars. but soon whittled things down to the occasional appearance as a racing driver. That was followed by his first forays at Le Mans. He used the first letter of his wife Christiane’s name as the model designation for the car. The following year was a decisive one for Peter Sauber. By this time Sauber Motorsport had four employees on the payroll.History & statistics Tales of the unexpected Peter Sauber had never been particularly interested in cars. it sparked his passion for tinkering with cars. Peter Sauber’s career path seemed to be mapped out. as international motor sport had been an unmentionable subject for the Stuttgart carmaker since the tragic accident at Le Mans in 1955. Out of the cellar of his parents’ home in Zurich emerged the Sauber C1. During this time he made contact with engineers at Mercedes who expressed an interest in motor sport – though all very much at a private level. Sports car successes Sauber achieved international prominence with the C5 in which Herbert Müller won the then acclaimed Interserie championship in 1976.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger.In 1985 Sauber began fitting Mercedes engines into his racing sports cars. based on an idea of Sauber’s business partner of the time. But the breakthrough was some time in coming. fourth place in the Constructors’ World Championship secured in mid October and. moving that bit closer to the Stuttgart company. three high points in the team’s history arrived in rapid succession: the partnership with major Swiss bank Credit Suisse. On 14 March 1993. 1989. The highlight of this partnership was the same year. Due to the straitened economic climate. Contracts signed with Red Bull and Petronas in 1995 provided a solid foundation and enabled the Swiss team to establish itself as a firm fixture in Formula One. With two World Championship points for fifth place claimed by the Finnish driver. with an Ilmor engine providing power. Formula One With the lustre of the World Sports Car Championship beginning to fade. the groundbreaking ceremony for the team’s very own wind tunnel. Just a year later. Jochen Neerpasch. Further triumphs were to follow. and from 1997 onwards the cars were powered by Ferrari engines bearing the name of the title sponsor Petronas. It was also during this time that the junior team was set up. this debut turned out an acclaimed success. just a few days later. Henri Pescarolo and Mike Thackwell won the Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres in a Sauber C8. Finally. marking the revival of the famed “Silver Arrows”. Professor Werner Niefer. In 1989. two Sauber C12 cars piloted by Karl Wendlinger and JJ Lehto lined up for the South African Grand Prix. Sauber Motorsport had grown to a workforce of 50. Peter Sauber had two options: to accept a financial settlement and withdraw. The company was then employing just under 70 staff. However. Sauber and his crew acted as Mercedes’ official works team. that November brought with it bad news. In January 1992 he took the plunge. Peter Sauber also decided to introduce some fresh blood into Formula One at this time. according to plan. Sauber set about building a new factory on the company site in Hinwil. and by autumn the first test drives in the C12 were under way. and preparations went into full swing. ultimately prompting Mercedes’ comeback to international motor racing. which brought not only the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles in the World Sports Car Championship. in 2001. The following year saw a repeat win of the World Championship title. but a one-two result in the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race as well. decided the cars should be painted silver. the Mercedes board had decided against sending a works team into Formula One. Mercedes now looked to Formula One. In the summer of 1991 it was declared a joint project. signing Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa up to his team and later recommending Robert Kubica to the decision-makers at BMW. th Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 29 . The drivers selected were Michael Schumacher. Peter Sauber paved the way for all three to enter Formula One. or to use the money as start-up capital for his own Formula One involvement. Chairman of Mercedes at the time. From 1988. In 1995 and 1996 Sauber served as the works team for Ford.

with De la Rosa and Heidfeld – who replaced the Spaniard in the last five Grands Prix – each contributing six points. The team lost the 10 points its performance had earned. In Monaco. the best result of the season for the Sauber F1 Team. After the first eight races. The Mexican’s arrival meant Kobayashi would have to take on leadership responsibilities in only his second full season on the F1 grid. The car manufacturer. Kubica claimed the team’s first pole position in Bahrain and Heidfeld boosted the statistics with the first two fastest race laps. Following a challenging start to season 2009. which had been involved in Formula One with Williams since 2000. But the joy was tempered by disappointment as BMW had already decided to reduce the workforce. The 2008 Season – the third year of the BMW Sauber F1 Team – would mark the next milestone in the history of the team. Now in his sixties. It was with this pared-down workforce. Starting over The next press conference would be held on 27 November 2009. Pérez and Kobayashi crossed the finish line seventh and eighth in Melbourne. The team ended the World Championship in third place with 135 points. Peter Sauber had reached an agreement with BMW and bought back his life’s work. BMW announced it was withdrawing from Formula One at the end of the season. the BMW Sauber F1 notched up 11 podium places in 2008. Strong showings duly followed in the next few races.BMW Two thousand and five saw Peter Sauber on the lookout for a new engine partner. The team’s target for that year was to achieve its maiden victory – which turned out to be a one-two. BMW announced its acquisition of a majority stake in the Swiss team. only to be subsequently disqualified after a rear wing element was deemed to have contravened the rules. Kobayashi went on to show great mental strength to finish fifth in the race. Pérez had just made it through to the top-ten qualifying shootout for the first time when he lost control of the C30 on the exit from the high-speed tunnel section and slammed into the barriers with devastating force. th th Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 30 . for example. The company bowed out with 36 points and sixth place in the World Championship. The extension at Hinwil had in the meantime been completed and the workforce had crossed the 400 threshold. In all. Employee numbers were whittled down from 388 at this point to 260. he was not disinclined to pass his life’s work on into capable hands. On 22 June 2005. with Ferrari as engine partner and drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa that the Hinwil team embarked on the 2010 race season. the team had a single World Championship point to its name. completing a promising programme of winter testing and jetting off for an opening race in which a strong team performance ultimately gave way to frustration. with Robert Kubica winning in Canada ahead of Nick Heidfeld. Sergio Pérez. was keen to set up its own works nd team. By the end of the season this had risen to 44. shock news broke on 29 July: at a press conference in Munich. After what felt like an eternity the news came through that he had got away with severe concussion. An offer from BMW seemed like a good solution. The year began with the team getting to grips with the tyres developed by the new sole F1 supplier Pirelli. of which Kobayashi had picked up 32. The first half of the season was marred by numerous technical retirements. for the 2011 season. this time in Hinwil. but consolation arrived in the knowledge that the necessary speed was there. The Mexican youngster was initially motionless in the car. which were unprecedented in the team’s history. The team hired another rookie.

together with Mexican reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez. with De la Rosa taking his place at short notice. The FIA announced a ban on the practice. Kobayashi was responsible for 30 of those. with Pérez recording 14 points. even – thanks to sophisticated engine mapping – when the driver is off the throttle. McLaren and Williams – have been in Formula One longer than Peter Sauber’s team. Both Kobayashi and Pérez. A total of 22 drivers lined up for the Swiss outfit in 326 Grands Prix between 1993 and 2011. which put them at a disadvantage against rival teams still running the technology. Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 31 . The cause of their downturn was rooted in a controversial technology: diffusers fed by the car’s exhaust flow. were confirmed for the 2012 season as early as the summer. The Sauber F1 Team eventually finished seventh in the Constructors’ Championship on 44 points. only to subsequently reverse its decision. the team had stopped development of an “outboard blown” diffuser for the C30. the young drivers still managed to add to the team’s World Championship points haul.Pérez also had to sit out the next race in Canada. the team endured a drop in form. After a good first half of the season which saw the team occupying what looked like a safe sixth place in the Constructors’ World Championship. In the meantime. Only three of their rivals on this year’s grid – Ferrari. Despite this handicap of well over a second per lap.

Stats (1993 through 2011) Driver JJ Lehto (FI/1993-1994) Karl Wendlinger (AT/1993-1995) Heinz-Harald Frentzen (DE/1994-96/2002-03) Andrea De Cesaris (IT/1994) Jean-Christoph Boullion (FR/1995) Johnny Herbert (GB/1996-1998) Nicola Larini (IT/1997) Gianni Morbidelli ((IT/1997) Norberto Fontana (AR/1997) Jean Alesi (FR/1998-1999) Pedro Diniz (BR/1999-2000) Mika Salo (FI/2000) Nick Heidfeld (DE/2001-2003/2006-2009/2010) Kimi Räikkönen (FI/2001) Felipe Massa (BR/2002/2004-2005) Giancarlo Fisichella (IT/2004) Jacques Villeneuve (CD/2005-2006) Robert Kubica (PL/2006-2009) Sebastian Vettel (DE/2007) Pedro de la Rosa (ES/2010/2011) Kamui Kobayashi (JP/2010-2011) Sergio Pérez (MX/2011) Total Grands Prix for Sauber 18 25 64 9 11 48 5 7 4 32 32 16 125 17 53 18 31 57 1 14 38 17 642 Points for Sauber 5 11 42 1 3 20 1 0 0 11 3 6 194 9 27 22 16 137 1 6 62 14 591 Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 32 .

World Championship points and rankings in the Constructors’ World Championship Season 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total Grands Prix 16 16 17 16 17 16 16 17 17 17 16 18 19 18 17 18 17 19 19 326 Points 12 12 18 11 16 10 5 6 21 11 19 34 20 36 101 135 36 44 44 591 Ranking 7 8 7 7 7 6 8 8 4 5 6 6 8 5 2 3 6 8 7 Sauber F1 Team Press Kit 33 .

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