SPIELBERG: The Sauber Formula One team say they are talking to several potential principals as they seek a replacement for departed boss Monisha Kaltenborn but are under no immediate pressure to make a decision.
Kaltenborn, who was the first woman to run one of the sport’s teams, left two weeks ago after what Swiss-based Sauber called “diverging views of the future of the company” with the owners.
Team manager Beat Zehnder, who oversees day-to-day operations at the track, told reporters at the Austrian Grand Prix yesterday that he did not know when a decision would be made but in the meantime it was business as usual.
“As soon as we have something to announce, we will. We have to be realistic. It’s only two weeks since Monisha was not with us anymore. Still, everything is under control,” he said.
“It’s not a big deal for the moment, really. There is not an immediate decision that has to be taken.
“If we haven’t got a team principal in the next half of the year then it might be a problem,” he said, when asked about development of next year’s car. “But for the moment, everything is running, everything is in order.”
Sauber are due to switch engine partner next season in a new deal with Honda, who have an exclusive deal with McLaren.