In the round-up: Sauber, which runs the Alfa Romeo team, marked their 500th grand prix at the last race.
This includes 373 races which they started as Sauber, 89 as BMW Sauber and 35 as Alfa Romeo. For those pointing out that only adds up to 497, note their cars did not start three other races: Monaco 1994 (withdrew after Karl Wendlinger was seriously injured in a crash in practice), Brazil 2000 (withdrew due to wing failures) and USA 2005 (withdrew due to tyre failures).
Arguably now the fifth longest-running team behind Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus, Sauber’s longevity is partly due to their ability to overcome tough periods despite financial limitations, says Kimi Raikkonen.
What they say
Raikkonen, who made his debut with Sauber in 2001, described how they have grown as a team since his first stint with them:
[The team] is quite a bit bigger than it was when I started in F1 with them, the factory has grown up in size and also the wind tunnel after I left.
Obviously money is always an issue with the smaller teams, but that’s how it is. This is a great number [of races] for them they get to because I think there’s only three teams that have done more grands prix.
So for a private team they’ve been there for a long time there and survived the really difficult times. Hopefully we can make them go higher up.
“Thirty UK cross-party politicians, including Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey and former Green party leader Caroline Lucas, delivered a letter to F1 chief executive Chase Carey on Tuesday calling for him to implement the sport’s human rights policy, following a long history of concerns regarding the Bahrain Grand Prix.”
“Although the Nurburgring has successfully proved over the months that events with spectators also work in the context of infection protection, the situation is now a different one due to the sharp rise in the number of infections. We are now looking forward to the World RX at the Nurburgring 2021.”
“The German has earned himself a tag as the strongest starter on the grid. His trademark launch off the line has regularly put him in a position to score strongly, no matter where he’s lined up. It’s for that reason that he’s scored five of his podiums on Sunday, when starting slightly further down the order on the reverse grid. Rule him out of a race at your peril.”
“The 27-year-old is a proven winner, with highlights including the 2014 GP3 Series crown, and victories in prestigious events including the Macau Grand Prix, Sebring 12 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours. He is a multiple race winner in the GP2 series and has Formula E experience, having competed in a total of 27 races, with his best result of fifth coming at the Tempelhof Airport circuit earlier this year.”
“Teams involved in championships such as FIA Formula 2 and 3 have small budgets and also are limited to the number of staff they can have at the track; this means that those who are there have a number of responsibilities and areas to cover. Jasmine’s role is no different with her being responsible for many of the team’s media, PR and communications commitments.”
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