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2005 saw Peter Sauber on the lookout for a new engine partner. Now in his sixties, he was not disinclined to pass his life’s work on into capable hands. An offer from BMW seemed like a good solution. The car manufacturer, which had been involved in Formula One with Williams since 2000, was keen to set up its own works team. On 22nd June 2005, BMW announced its acquisition of a majority stake in the Swiss team.

The Pilatus! Flew this plane many times, best was going to Magny Course, land 10 min from track, leave as soon as race is finished. Flying to spa was also good, you would land just by the track. Plane was painted as the car, which was cool but s bit silly, we always took turns flying in front with pilot, which was mega. Specially night landings in Zurich.

It was in the late 1980ies that a junior team was set up, based on an idea of Sauber’s business partner of the time, Jochen Neerpasch. The drivers selected were Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger. Peter Sauber paved the way for all three to enter Formula One. Picture: later F1 drivers Michael Schumacher, Karl Wendlinger and Heinz-Harald Frentzen in Sauber team gear, 1990.

Hunger is palpable in Formula One racing. The teams at the front are hungry for wins, while the teams at the back are hungry to claw their way up the field. But Sauber is just starving. The Switzerland-based privateer team owned and operated by Peter Sauber has been struggling to find financial backing since BMW divested back in 2009.

Sauber 1999, Peter Sauber, Jean Alesi, Pedro Diniz

Peter Sauber (SUI) Sauber F1 Team Principal. Formula One World Championship, Rd10, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Hockenheim, Germany, Thursday, 19 July 2012 © Sutton Images