Peter Sauber

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Peter Sauber at the WEF 2013
Peter Sauber as team boss (2004)

Peter Paul Sauber (* 13. October 1943 in Zurich ; heimatberechtigt ibid) is a former Swiss racing car driver and was from 1993 to 2016 in owner of the Hinwil -domiciled Formula 1 -Rennstalls Sauber Motorsport .

Life and racing

At the age of 23, the trained electrician drove his first car race on a tuned VW Beetle . Three years later he built his first own racing car, the C1 , with which he became Swiss sports car champion. After this success, he concentrated entirely on building the vehicles and left the driving to others. He founded the Sauber Rennsport AG with the aim of building sports cars .

Before entering Formula 1, the Swiss had been building sports cars since the 1970s. At the end of the 1980s, as a works team from Mercedes-Benz, Sauber successfully fielded its Sauber-Mercedes cars, winning the Le Mans 24-hour race and the endurance world championship , among other things . Michael Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger were also there as young drivers . They were looked after by veteran Jochen Mass . Many current and former top drivers sat in a Sauber cockpit at the beginning of their racing career, including Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Nick Heidfeld , Sebastian Vettel , Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa .

Peter Sauber sold his racing team to BMW on June 22, 2005 , but managed to keep the Hinwil location. On January 14, 2006, he was voted Swiss of the year 2005 for this.

After BMW withdrew on November 27, 2009, he bought the team back. On October 11, 2012, Peter Sauber handed over the operational area of ​​his racing team to Monisha Kaltenborn .

In July 2016, the Swiss investment company Longbow Finance took over 100 percent of the shares of Monisha Kaltenborn and Peter Sauber and thus Peter Sauber left the self-founded company Sauber Motorsport .


Peter Sauber has been married to Christiane since 1965 and lives in Wilen near Wollerau . They have two children (* 1971, * 1973). The "C" in the name of the Sauber racing car stands for Christiane. His brother Werner Sauber (1947–1975) was a filmmaker and a member of the terrorist organization Movement June 2nd .


Web links

Commons : Peter Sauber  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Peter Sauber "Swiss of the Year" 2005. Swissinfo , January 15, 2006, accessed on February 21, 2019 .
  2. Peter Sauber hands over to Monisha Kaltenborn with immediate effect. Tages-Anzeiger , accessed on October 13, 2012 .
  3. ^ Mathias Brunner: Sauber rescue: Swiss management, money from Sweden . In: Speedweek Switzerland, July 20, 2016