BMW Sauber

 
After Michael Schumacher’s retirement in 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, BMW Sauber put “Thanks Michael” messages on the rear of both their cars.  |  In 2008, team boss Mario Theissen initiated the ‘fit for pole’ program for all the BMW Sauber members to keep their fitness at optimum levels.  |  Robert Kubica was the first driver to try his hand at the 2008 car F1.08 at Valencia.

FACTFILE

Name: BMW Sauber
Headquarters: Munich, Germany / Hinwil, Germany
No. Of Races: 89
No. Of Wins: 1
No. Of Poles: 1
No. Of Podiums: 17
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PROFILE

BMW SauberIf there was any underdog in the 2008 edition of Formula One, it was the BMW Sauber F1 team. The much celebrated F1 team, is the erstwhile Sauber F1 team which was taken over by German automotive giant, BMW. Though the takeover happened in late 2005 and this team performed even during its first and second seasons in 2006 and 2007 respectively with 5 podium finishes together, it was only in 2008 that it recorded its first victory.

The team made its mark in F1 when they got ace driver Jacques Villeneuve, who previously raced for Sauber, to race for them. The 2006 season also featured Nick Heidfeld as the second driver and Robert Kubica was named as the test driver. The Malaysian Grand Prix that season saw Villeneuve score the very first points for this team with a seventh place finish. With Heidfeld scoring the team’s first podium finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, BMW Sauber created recognition for its white and blue colors. After the German Grand Prix where Villeneuve suffered an injury, Kubica was called in and alongwith his team mate Heidfeld, the duo managed to take the team points to 36 with Kubica scoring a second podium finish at the Italian Grand Prix.

With his performance in 2006, Kubica had cemented his place in the team for the next season. In 2007, the Heidfeld-Kubica duo was to drive for the team again while Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock were named as test drivers. Team principal, Mario Theissen, despite seeing potential in the car after seeing it topping the sheets in practice, knew there were still some technical snags to be resolved. In the premiere race in Melbourne, Kubica retired with gearbox complications but Theissen’s anticipation proved true when Heidfeld finished fourth that race. The good fortune continued that season with two more fourth places by Heidfeld and a sixth place by Kubica. The team was now slowly taking the competition to teams like Ferrari and Mclaren and Heifeld’s second position finish in the Canadian GP cleared the air.

It is difficult to forget how the team performed in the 2008 season, with 11 podium finishes between Kubica and Heidfeld including the latter’s brilliant drive to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. Heidfeld’s second place finish was only the cherry on the cake for this team.

The 2009 season was however, one to forget. 36 points in the standings meant a 6th place in the championship which was a far cry from their 3rd place finish in 2008. To make matters worse, BMW announced its pullout from F1 after the season and had sold the team back to its founder, Peter Sauber. The new team came to be known as Sauber, which was given the 13th spot on the grid for the 2010 season.

BMW Sauber's 4 seasons in F1 and the white-blue livery on their fast paced cars will definitely missed by one and all.

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  • GPs
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STATISTICS
YEARS
Year Driver GPs Wins Poles Podiums FLs Points
2006 Jacques Villeneuve, Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica 18 0 0 2 0 36
2007 Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel 17 0 0 2 0 101
2008 Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica 18 1 1 11 2 135
2009 Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica 17 0 0 2 0 36
2010 Kamui Kobayashi, Nick Heidfeld, Pedro de la Rosa 19 0 0 0 0 44
Total   89 1 1 17 2 352

BMW Sauber - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAMS RACED AGAINST)

According to stats...

  • After Michael Schumacher’s retirement in 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, BMW Sauber put “Thanks Michael” messages on the rear of both their cars.
  • In 2008, team boss Mario Theissen initiated the ‘fit for pole’ program for all the BMW Sauber members to keep their fitness at optimum levels.
  • Robert Kubica was the first driver to try his hand at the 2008 car F1.08 at Valencia.

QUOTES ON BMW SAUBER

“It is fantastic, I am overwhelmed. It is difficult to find the right words. Today just everything worked well. We hoped for another podium here in Montreal, but would not have dreamed to get a one-two victory.
-Mario Theissen, on their one-two finish in the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.



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