On the eve of his fourtieth anniversary of motorsport competition, team boss Peter Peter SauberSauber has restated his desire to return to retirement in the near future.

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.

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.