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Sauber survived “difficult times” to reach 500-race milestone – Raikkonen · RaceFans

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 joined F1 with Sauber 19 years ago

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.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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