Zurich Gnome

The journal of a Swiss-based motor-racing enthusiast.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Man of the year

I guess this probably won't make most of the racing websites in the world, but Peter Sauber was voted "Businessman of the Year" at the Swiss awards gala ceremony last night.

Not only that, but he was also voted "Swiss of the year". That's pretty impressive especially when he's up against Roger Federer (the all-conquering tennis star) and Tom L├╝thi, who won the 125cc Motorcycling world championship. Unlike Federer, Peter Sauber is unlikely to figure at all in the "International Men of Sexiness" list (who thinks these titles up?) but he was recognized for his achievement in running a Formula One team out of Switzerland since 1993, and also securing a future for the team in Switzerland when organising its sale.

Peter Sauber has often been rated as the "Nicest Man in Formula One" and it's just reward that his efforts have been recognised. He has shown that business ethics can go hand-in-hand with Formula One, and you can't say that about many people. Tom Walkinshaw as "Briton of the Year" anyone? I think not.

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