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Peter Sauber resignation: Monisha Kaltenborn becomes first F1 team boss

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B ei cleanly, a generation change is taking place on the sidelines of the GP Korea. Team founder and owner Peter Sauber will give up his position as team boss with immediate effect and - at least as far as what is happening on the track - will voluntarily move into the second member. The official resignation of the Swiss is not a big surprise. Sauber had long announced that the racing business would continue to rest with increasing age.

Peter Sauber is stepping down

On Saturday (October 13th) the Zurich-born driver will be 69 years old. After Frank Williams (70), he was the oldest among the bosses at the Formula 1 pit wall. The successful history of his racing team began in 1970, when the trained electrician decided to design his own cars - initially sports cars, from 1992 also Formula 1 racing cars.

Peter Sauber's racing team, which settled in Hinwil , developed over the years above all the quality to get the maximum out of limited financial resources. In addition, the team boss always showed a good nose when it came to signing up young talent. Formula 1 world champions like Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen and Jacques Villeneuve all sat in Sauber cars once during their careers.

Kaltenborn first team boss in F1 history

The footsteps are therefore big that Monisha Kaltenborn has to step into. The native Indian, who lives in Küssnacht and has Austrian citizenship, has worked her way to the top in the racing team in recent years. At the end of 2011, Peter Sauber had already transferred a third of the company's shares to his managing director.

With immediate effect, the trained lawyer will now also take over the executive chair on the pit wall. This makes her the first female team boss in men's Formula 1 racing. The fans don't have to worry about the generation change. Kaltenborn has been well prepared for her role in recent years.

Appropriate timing for resignation

'It has been certain for a long time that Monisha will succeed me. But the timing was open. Now it suits both of us, and that's why the moment is here right for handing over the baton, 'explained Sauber. 'I have already been unable to attend a few races, most recently at the Japanese Grand Prix, where the team delivered an excellent performance. I am quite sure that Monisha has everything she needshas to be an excellent team leader. And I'm just as sure that she will ensure that the values ​​that define the company endure. That is very important to me. '

Kaltenborn is looking forward to her new role.' Of course, I am very aware of the great responsibility that I have for Peter Sauber's racing team. He founded the team over 40 years ago, and next spring it will be the 20th anniversary of the first Formula 1 Grand Prix for Sauber. We are the fourth oldest team in Formula 1. Building and maintaining something like this in a difficult environment is a great entrepreneurial achievement. I have set myself high goals and would like to develop the team further in the spirit of Peter Sauber and lead it to success. '

However, Sauber does not allow business to rest entirely. As before, he remains Chairman of the Board of Directors of all Sauber Group and is also responsible for the strategic direction.

In our photo gallery we have again collected a few pictures from the successful history of the Swiss racing team.

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