Sauter Engineering + Design lines up in ADAC Formula 4 again in 2022. The team from Switzerland is a family affair, but not afraid to go toe to toe with the giants of the sport. Stephan Sauter is team principal, his son Michael Sauter is behind the wheel.
A family with plenty of power and success, they will never forget one particular weekend from last season. The race in Zandvoort turned out to be a very special one for the Swiss. Michael was the best rookie, for which he received a hard-earned trophy. A success for the whole family. “You have very fond memories of results like that. That is ultimately why we are involved in motorsport,” says dad Stephan, recalling his 17-year-old son’s first place in the rookie competition. The whole family pitches in at race weekends in the ADAC’s high-speed school.
“We may be a small team, but we are professional and well prepared,” says the head of the family. However, he knows that he can always rely on the strong sense of solidarity within ADAC Formula 4, should something go wrong. When severe damage to the team’s car appeared to have brought the 2021 Sachsenring weekend to a premature end, mechanics from other teams helped out and ensured that Sauter was able to take part in the race. And with success: The young driver finished fifth to claim his best result.
The Swiss father-son team is now looking to establish itself in its second season in the junior series. “Our goal is to be competitive in the midfield over the course of the year. However, like the other teams, we must first get used to the brand-new Formula 4 car,” says Sauter senior. They took delivery of the Tatuus F4 T-021 within the last few days.
As well as the season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the team principal is particularly looking forward to the race at the Nürburgring: “My grandfather used to race on the Nordschleife, so the circuit has a very special place in my heart.” ADAC Formula 4 also lines up at the current and former Formula 1 circuits in Zandvoort (Netherlands) and at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg.