Life and racing
At the age of 23 years, the trained electrician drove his first car race on a tuned VW Beetle. Three years later he built his first race car, the C1, with whom he became a Swiss racing car champion. After this success, he concentrated on the construction of the vehicles and let the other down. He founded the Sauber racing AG with the aim to build sports cars.
Before entering the Formula 1 of the Swiss constructed since the 1970s sports car. End of the 1980s continued Sauber factory team of Mercedes -Benz his Sauber-Mercedes car called successfully, including the 24 - hour race at Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship was recovered. As a young driver, Michael Schumacher, Heinz -Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger were there. They were supervised by veteran Jochen Mass. Peter Sauber is probably one of the best talent scout for teen drivers. Many current and former top driver sat on top of their racing career in a Sauber cockpit, including Michael Schumacher, Heinz -Harald Frentzen, Nick Heidfeld, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.
Peter Sauber sold on 22 June 2005 his team at BMW, after the withdrawal of BMW on November 27, 2009, he bought it back. On October 11, 2012 Peter Sauber gave the operating range of his Rennstalles to Monisha Kaltenborn.
On 14 January 2006 he was elected to the Swiss in 2005.
Peter Sauber is married to Christiane since 1965 and lives in Wollerau. They have two children (born 1971, * 1973). The "C" in the name of the Sauber race car stands for Christiane. His brother Werner Sauber (1947-1975) was a photographer, filmmaker and radical left-wing terrorist.