400 GPs — Sauber to celebrate in Austin

Special occasion for the Sauber F1 Team next weekend as they reach an outstanding milestone: 400 GPs, 808 points in 23 years of Formula One. Read on "Sauber moments" from former and current drivers and learn more from their 400th GP infographic: http://bit.ly/JoinOurPassion-EN

"Sauber moments"

Heinz-Harald Frentzen (DE, 1994-1996/2002-2003, 64 GPs, 42 points):

“As a longstanding Sauber driver I was part of many highlights. My nicest memory was definitely finishing third at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza in 1995 – behind Johnny (Herbert) and Mika (Hakkinen). For the Sauber F1 Team, as well as for me, it was the first podium in Formula 1. We celebrated this landmark as if it was a victory. I remember this quite well: There were not only tears of joy, but also a lot of champagne flowing. That was very emotional – a superb moment, which can’t be forgotten. It is a pity I cannot be on-site during the 400th race in Austin, but I wish the team good luck!”

Johnny Herbert (GB, 1996-1998, 48 GPs, 20 points):
“Actually there are many unforgettable moments with Sauber – too many good as well as some not so good memories. One moment was in 1997. We had many great races in this season. In Imola we started the race from P7 and were very strong, fighting against Williams and Ferrari for a podium. In the end we had to retire due to an electric failure. There was also the race on the Hungaroring. This was a really nice moment. I only started from P10, but in the end Jacques (Villeneuve), Damon (Hill) and myself were able to beat Michael (Schumacher) after a great fight. That was terrific. A highlight. All the best.”

Felipe Massa (BR, 2002/2004-2005, 53 GPs, 27 points):
“My time at Sauber is special to me because it was the start of my Formula One career. Overall I spent three years there, living in Switzerland and learning a lot while in the car. We had some good results, and I was in the points in the second race of my first season. My stand out moment was in Canada in 2005 when I finished fourth, but we had many good performances in the years I was there. I have many fond memories.”

Robert Kubica (PL, 2006-2009, 57 GPs, 137 points):
"I have great memories from my time at Sauber. One of the most important is surely my first ever podium in Formula One, which I celebrated in Monza 2006 together with BMW-Sauber. I finished in P3 at my third race as a Formula One driver, after being promoted by the team from a reserve to race driver. I believe that this third place was an important achievement for my future career. It also showed the potential of the car at that time. My victory at the Canadian Grand Prix two years later in 2008 is definetely a moment to remember forever, not only for myself but also for the team. I wish everyone at Sauber all the best."

Kamui Kobayashi (JP, 2010-2012, 58 GPs, 122 points):
“My Sauber moment was in 2012 when I achieved my first podium ever at my home race in Suzuka. This is one of the greatest memories in my life. Finishing in P3 and standing on the podium in front of my fans was amazing. After the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima in 2011, it was a very difficult time for us. I cannot say that in one word, but this podium was a very special moment for me as well as for my fans. As a team we were fighting hard to make that happen. During my time at Sauber we had good as well as less good times, but overall we really enjoyed working together. We worked very hard and fought a lot. That is the most important. We always did our best.”

Sergio Pérez (MX, 2011-2012, 37 GPs, 80 points):
“I would like to congratulate Sauber on reaching the milestone of 400 races in Formula One. It was my first team, and together we celebrated some fantastic moments. The highlight was my first podium in Malaysia in 2012, which was one of the best races in my career. I was able to push Fernando (Alonso) hard for the final few laps and the victory was almost within reach. Then, later that year in Monza, we celebrated another second place. It was a day when everything came together and the car was working perfectly. I did a really good job of looking after the tyres and that helped me move up through the field after having started from P12. We had the pace to attack and I had some nice battles, but everybody was fair. And I was able to beat both Ferrari. It was just a very enjoyable race in Monza.”

Marcus Ericsson (SE, 2015, 31 GPs, 9 points):
“Big congratulations from me on this achievement. Celebrating the 400th GP is amazing. I am very glad to be part of the Sauber F1 Team, and also having the trust from everyone. I believe that my biggest Sauber moment is still in the future. I will be driving for the team for another season, and I hope this will come soon. Up to this point, scoring my first points in Formula One at the Australian Grand Prix in my first ever race for Sauber was obviously a great moment for me and the team. I am looking forward to an even greater one coming.”

Felipe Nasr (BR, 2015, 15 GPs, 25 points):
“My best Sauber moment was definitely my first ever Formula One race in Melbourne. Finishing fifth in this race was a very special moment. It was an outstanding result. It was overwhelming for me and also for the team. Everyone was relieved and happy about the outcome. I have great memories from that. As Sauber has been part of Formula One for so many years, it is a great achievement to be celebrating the 400th GP. I am proud to be part of this milestone.”

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