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Monisha Kaltenborn will become Sauber's new Team Principal with immediate effect, moving into the role ahead of this weekend's Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam. The 41-year-old is taking over from the departing Peter Sauber, with the latter opting to remove himself from the day-to-day running of the Swiss squad.
"We decided a long time ago that Monisha would take over from me, but we left the timing open," said Sauber, who will continue in his capacity as President of the Board of Directors of all Sauber Group companies. "Now is a good time for both of us, so this is the right moment to pass on the baton.
"After all, there have been a number of races I've been unable to attend, most recently the Japanese Grand Prix, where the team put in an excellent performance. I'm in no doubt that Monisha has all the necessary skills to be an outstanding Team Principal, and I'm equally certain she will ensure that the values underpinning the company live on. That is very important to me."
Kaltenborn, who alluded to the challenge that lies ahead, is fully focused on continuing Sauber's upward trend over the coming seasons in charge.
"Naturally I'm very aware of the major responsibility I have for Peter Sauber's racing team," said Kaltenborn, who was born in the Indian city of Dehradun. "He founded the team over 40 years ago, and in the spring it will be 20 years since Sauber lined up for its debut Formula 1 Grand Prix. We are the fourth-oldest team in Formula 1.
"To build up a project like this and keep it alive in a difficult environment is a tremendous achievement. I have set my sights high and am committed to taking the team forward as Peter Sauber would want and leading it on to success."
Kaltenborn's promotion makes her the first female F1 Team Principal in history.
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