Sauber and Plenexis join forces

Under the terms of an agreement signed today Plenexis will provide the Sauber Petronas Formula One team with satellite technology for the complete technical communication between racing locations/test locations and Sauber Petronas headquarters ...

Under the terms of an agreement signed today Plenexis will provide the Sauber Petronas Formula One team with satellite technology for the complete technical communication between racing locations/test locations and Sauber Petronas headquarters in Hinwil. The cooperation starts on 25 July, 2002 and will be announced at Hockenheim today. The Formula One team Sauber Petronas will provide Plenexis access to a global marketing platform that will have positive impacts on the reputation and growth potential of the company.

"Team Sauber Petronas looks forward to the cooperation with a company that can support us in an area that is becoming increasingly significant in the racing industry. The cooperation with Plenexis, one of Europe's leading companies in satellite communications, enables us to transfer our data 16 times faster and it also allows us to transmit bigger files in a more reliable way than today," said Team Principal Peter Sauber.

"The cooperation with Sauber Petronas gives us access to the global marketing platform F1. Sauber Petronas is our chosen partner with whom we share values like high-tech, innovation, speed and integrity. We look forward to a long lasting partnership in which we will always provide Sauber Petronas with state-of-the-art satellite technology," said partner Kai Lauterjung, Managing Director of Plenexis. Plenexis is a global, full-service provider of satellite-based communications systems. Headquarters of Plenexis is Bonn (Germany).

Sauber Petronas is an international Formula One team based in Hinwil, near Zurich, (Switzerland). Sauber Motorsport's highly developed F1 center in Hinwil is located only a few steps from where Peter Sauber started out in 1970 as an independent businessman. The first big success for the Hinwil race-car factory came at the end of the 1980s. Mercedes started its return to motorsport with Sauber. Highlights of this partnership include a double win at Le Mans in 1989 and both the Constructors' and Drivers' World Championship for sports-cars in both 1989 and 1990.

Among the drivers making history at Sauber in 1990 and 1991 were three young talents forming a great junior team: Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger. Always fascinated by the application of high technology to motor racing, Sauber has been building high-tech race-cars for the Formula One World Championships since 1993. So far, after the French Grand Prix, this season, his young team, with drivers Nick Heidfeld (25) and Felipe Massa (21), is running fifth with ten points in the fiercely competitive F1 World Championship of Constructors. In 2001, the Team finished fourth in the Championship.

Plenexis is a global, full-service provider of satellite-based communications networks. The product and service portfolio ranges from connections providing a satellite link between two locations, through wide-ranging global corporate networks with applications in the fields of data, voice and image communications, up to the most varied distribution services and elaborate multimedia broad-band applications.

Plenexis has taken over the business of the former DeTeSat, subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG, from 1 January, 2002. Plenexis' headquarters is in Bonn, further locations are in Berlin, Hamlin, Moscow, Stockholm, Budapest, Istanbul, London and sales offices in various European countries. Plenexis has gateways in Central Europe, Russia and North America. Plenexis has 200 partners in more than 100 countries. The company is benefiting from the strong growth in the internationalisation of corporations and markets as well as from the increasing demand of high-quality communication services.

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Series Automotive , Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Nick Heidfeld , Karl Wendlinger , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber