In the wake of BMW’s surprise withdrawal late last year, Sauber stepped in at the eleventh hour to save his team and re-establish it as an independent team in 2010 and beyond.
Speaking with Blick newspaper, the 66-year-old Swiss said: “I will no longer be on the pit wall at 70. To be honest, I never imagined I would be here at 66.
“I want to lead the team back into a secure position and establish it at a good level. If I succeed, my mission is fulfilled,” he continued.
However, a succession plan is already in place, with the team creating a moment in F1 history with Friday’s FIA press conference marking the first time that a woman has appeared behind the microphones, with the team’s Managing Director, Monisha Kaltenborn, representing the team.
This weekend marks the anniversary of the Sauber C1, a tubular-frame chassis built by Herr Sauber in 1970 that he used to contest the Swiss hillclimb championship.
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