Sauber began racing in Formula One in 1993 and manage to score points in their first race – the South African grand prix. They finish the season in 6th overall, having gained 12 points. They score the same number of points the following year but this this time finish in 8th. The team score their first podium finish in 1995, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in Monza.
With Frentzen and Herbert in the 1996 season, the team score another podium and finish in 7th overall. Next season the cars are powered by Ferrari engines sponsored by Petronas, the team score 16 points to finish in 7th place overall again. In 1998, Sauber finish in 6th place in the championship which is their best result since entering Formula One.
1999 and 2000 are their worst seasons in their history. Their best result is 5th, in Germany and Monaco. In the two seasons combined they score just 11 points and finish in 8th both times. 2001 is their best season, they score 21 points to finish in fourth place overall. The following season they score 11 points which is enough for them to finish in 5th overall. Frentzen and Heidfeld have a tough season in 2003 and score points in just 5 races. This leaves them in 6th in the championship.
Despite scoring consistently throughout the 2004 season, Sauber failed to finish on the podium. Scoring 34 points during the season, they finished just 6th overall. The team sign Villeneuve for 2005. A poor season in 2005 left them in 8th overall. Peter Sauber announced he was stepping down as team principal after negotiating with BMW for them to take over in 2006.
The team was known as BMW from 2006-2010. In this time they score many points and finish on the podium on multiple occasions. They finish in 3rd overall in the 2008 season before announcing in 2009 they would be leaving F1. However, they stayed on for the 2010 as BMW Sauber after being bought by Peter Sauber.
In 2011, the team had little success, failing to finish on the podium and ending in 7th overall. Gutierrez, Perez and Kobayashi were announced as the drivers for the 2012 season. The season started well for the team, with Perez on the podium in Canada and Malaysia. Although the team suffered from inconsistent results, they managed to finish on the podium on four occasions and were 6th overall. In October, Peter Sauber stepped down as team principal and was replaced by Monisha Kaltenborn.
Gutierrez and Hulkenburg raced for Sauber in 2013 but the team started badly but results gradually improved in the second half of the season. Overall, they scored 57 points, 50 of which were picked up in the final 8 races. 2014 was the worst season in the history of Sauber. The season was the first non-scoring season for the team and they finished in 10th overall. 2015 was also a tough season for Sauber, despite claiming a 5th place in the opening race of the season.
Sauber keep Ericsson and Nasr for 2016.