Sauber has confirmed that former Renault team principal Frederic Vasseur will take over the role left by Monisha Kaltenborn.
The Frenchman will officially start the Monday after this weekend’s British GP, mean Sauber will go through 3 races without a team principal. As Kaltenborn left days before the Azerbaijan GP due diverging views with the new owners.
Vasseur joined Renault when it returned as a works team in 2016 as racing director before being promoted to team principal. But like Kaltenborn parted ways at the end of the year because of a difference in vision over the team’s management.
A statement from Sauber chairman Pascal Picci read: “Frederic Vasseur’s long and successful career in top level international motorsport speaks for itself, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Sauber.
Additionally, he has also been appointed as CEO and managing director of Sauber Motorsport AG.
“I’m very proud to be joining Sauber Motorsport AG, and wish to thank the company’s shareholders for their trust in me,” said Vasseur.
“I’ve been impressed by the facilities in Hinwil and by the talent and ambition of the workforce, and I very much look forward to complementing the team with my experience and determination and drive all people in the right direction in everything they do: I am convinced that all together we will achieve ambitious targets.
“I cannot wait to start working with our drivers, engineers and all the staff. I look forward to contributing to the next important phase in the development of the team.”