Sauber says he funded M. Schumacher debut

Tue, 17 October 2006, 10:56

Peter Sauber has revealed for the first time that he helped to fund Michael Schumacher’s formula one debut for Jordan in 1991.

The former team principal of Hinwil based Sauber, now principally owned by BMW, told newspaper ‘Welt’ that he actually handed Eddie Jordan the cheque for 150,000 British pounds prior to the race at Spa in Belgium.

Schumacher, then 22, drove for Sauber’s sports car team, which was partnered by Mercedes-Benz. Sauber entered formula one in 1993.

The opening at Jordan arose after regular driver Bertrand Gachot was jailed in England for assault.

“I gave Eddie Jordan the cheque,” Switzerland’s Sauber admitted, “and later Mercedes made a comparatively small contribution.”


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