F1 Team Facts: Sauber
April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Out of the cellar of Peter Sauber’s parent’s house, the Sauber F1 team was born. It was there that Peter began constructing the original Sauber C1, which ultimately lead to the development of sports cars and the Formula One team. Now into its 19 year on the circuit, the Sauber team is lead by drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez.
Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi moved to Italy in 2004 at the age of 17 to begin his racing career. His efforts paid off and in 2005, Kobayashi won the Italian Formula Renault and the series’ Eurocup. That lead to success on the Formula 3 Euro Series and to interest from Toyota in 2008 as a Formula One reserve driver. In 2010 he signed with Sauber and earned 32 World Championship points.
As a child Sergio Perez of Mexico won numerous karting championships in Mexico and the United States before he moved to Germany to pursue his Formula One racing dream. In 2005, he became youngest driver in Formula BMW at age 15. Two years later he won the National Formula 3 Championship with 14 wins, 14 pole positions and nine fastest race laps. After five wins in his second GP2 season, Perez signed with the Sauber F1 team.