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What dropping Sauber name means for Alfa Romeo Racing

It’s the end of an era, as Formula 1 waves goodbye to the Sauber name which has been ever-present since Peter Sauber brought his racing team to the world championship in 1993, after a successful foray in the World Sportscar Championship with Mercedes power. Aside from a four-year period between 2006 and 2009, when the team was sold to BMW, Sauber has raced as a proud F1 independent. Even during that time, the German manufacturer opted to keep the Swiss name and race as BMW Sauber, with then boss Mario Theissen saying “it reflects the team’s make-up – run by BMW but with a core of 300 Sauber employees”. Peter Sauber treated the team like family. It’s why he took enormous personal risk when he bought the team back from BMW, when the manufacturer opted to quit, to save the team and secure the futures of the hundreds of staff who had dedicated their life to the operation.

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