Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team Romeo Sauber F1 team previously know as Sauber was founded by Peter Sauber, is a Swiss based formula one team. They collaborated with the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team Romeo which is Ferraris' sister company for the 2018 season. Marcus Ercisson and the rookie Charles Leclerc will lead the charge for the 2018 Formula one season.
The rookie driver Charles Leclerc has collected nine points so far in the current season and has been appreciated for his stunning performance in his debut year in Formula one.
The beginning of the Sauber Team started in the 1970’s when Peter Sauber began building sports cars and used turbocharged Mercedes V8 engines in the 1980’s which then became the Silver Arrow factory team. They developed the Sauber-Mercedes C9 which is a legendary LeMans racing car.
After a lot of experience in the LeMans racing, Sauber decided to enter Formula one in the 1993 Season with a Ilmor engine and was funded by Mercedes. That was the birth of the first Sauber developed F1 car, the Sauber C12. They placed 5th in the debut race but that was the only points finish they had as they had a lot of technical snags, unreliability and accidents.
In 1994, the team went on to race as the Sauber Mercedes factory team. This particular season didn't go as planned as well for the team which made Mercedes withdraw from the team, leaving Sauber without a choice but look for another engine builder. Ford then came into the picture and signed the Sauber deal for the 1995-96 season.
Sauber signed a 10-year sponsorship deal with Red Bull in 1995. The 95 season was comparatively much better for the team as they finished 7th in the overall constructors’ championship. Petronas also became Sauber’s sponsor in 1995.
1996 was Sauber’s worst formula one season as they finished a lot of races without points finish. The team changed their engine to a Cosworth V10 during that following season and had announced that they will be receiving Ferrari engines for the next season before they switched to Petronas’ own built engines which didn't happen due to the economic crash in Asia.
Ferrari and Sauber began their engine deal in 1997 and Sauber was depending upon Ferrari for everything from parts to engineers which they bought. Jean Alesi, Johnny Herber, Heinz-Harald Frentzen were a few drivers who raced for Sauber during that stint.
In 2001, Kimi Raikkonen was brought onboard who was very inexperienced at that time. He wasn't the best at the beginning but got Sauber glory and went on to race for Ferrari and won the 2007 Drivers Championship.
As time passed by, RedBull pulled out of the sponsorship and sold its shares to Credit Suisse and eventually those shares got purchased by BMW who was very much interested in the team back then.
BMW Announced that it was going to be racing as their factory team alongside Sauber and went on to be called as the BMW Sauber F1 Team. They signed Nick Heidfeld in 2006 and had Jacques Villeneuve as his teammate with Robert Kubica as their third driver. Intel and O2 were also sponsoring the team with Petronas who renewed their deal to sponsor the team.
Sebastian Vettel joined the team as their third driver after Villeneuve was decided to let go and Kubica was set to be their second driver along with Heidfeld. The team reminded the same till 2009 until BMW withdrew from Formula One. Sauber became an independent team again with Ferrari engines from the 2010 Season with drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa who was eventually replaced by Nick Heidfeld again.
Sergio Perez was brought in to replace Heidfeld and Kobayashi would remain. In 2013, Hulkenberg was brought onboard and Esteban Gutierrez who was their test driver became their second driver.
Sauber have brought in and out a lot of drivers till date and some of them are:
Adrian Sutil, Felipe Nasr, Giedo van der Garde, Marcus Ericsson,Pascal Wehrlein.
In 2018, Sauber became the Alfa Romeo as a part of their commercial and tenhnical partnership with them. They got Charles Leclerc who had been showing consistent winning records from Formula 2 and GP3 onboard alongside Marcus Ericsson.