Sauber F1 Team
Constructors’ Championship 2010: 8th
Reborn in 2010 as a privateer team when Peter Sauber bought it back from BMW, Sauber endured what he described as “the 41st year of our company and one of the most difficult”.
Plagued by unreliability, Sauber scored no points in the opening eight rounds of the season, but the growing influence of new Technical Director James Key made itself felt and they ended up with 44.
“We’ve cleared one obstacle after another from our path,” says Sauber, whose proud, pragmatic team finished as high as fourth in the Constructors’ World Championship in 2001 before its BMW days. With a young, vibrant driver pairing and a considerably healthier-looking list of supporters the Swiss outfit are looking forward to much better things.
16 Kamui Kobayashi (age 24, Japanese, 21 Grand Prix starts)Voted rookie of the year by Autosport magazine’s website readers, Kobayashi endeared himself to fans and F1 insiders alike with his all-out attacking style in 2010. Now the senior man in the cockpit, he relishes added responsibility in 2011. But don’t expect him to back off any time soon… 2010 season: 32 points, 12th – best result 6th at Silverstone.
17 Sergio Perez (age 21, Mexican, making his F1 debut)
Taking his place in a Mexican F1 tradition established by the Rodriguez brothers and Hector Rebaque several decades ago, Sergio came through karting, Formula BMW, British F3 and GP2 Asia before ending 2010 as runner-up in the main GP2 series. Four race wins, including one in Monaco, highlighted his potential. In Guadalajara, his home town, earlier this year, he attracted over 150,000 fans to a demonstration run in a Formula 1 car.
Sauber C30, powered by Ferrari and using a Ferrari transmission