Kaltenborn to become first ever female F1 team boss

Monisha Kaltenborn

Monisha Kaltenborn has a bright future in F1

Apr.9 (GMM) Monisha Kaltenborn will become F1’s first ever female team boss. This has just been announced by Peter Sauber, who at the age of 68 has hinted that he might retire, before his 70th birthday.

R-L: Sergio Perez (MEX); Kamui Kobayashi (JPN); Peter Sauber (SUI) Team Principal; Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber Chief Executive Officer; Alex Sauber (SUI) Sauber Marketing Manager; Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Test and Reserve Driver, with the Sauber C31. Sauber C31 Studio Images, Hinwil, Switzerland, 6 February 2012.

Sauber team at the launch of their 2012 car in February

Indian Kaltenborn, 41, is already Hinwil based Sauber’s chief executive, while Peter Sauber remains the team principal.

“I have always said that I will not be sitting on the pitwall as a 70 year old,” Sauber told Der Sonntag newspaper.

“With certainty, my successor is Monisha Kaltenborn. That is for sure. When it (the handover) happens is still open.

“She will be the first female team boss inF1 history,” Sauber continued. “She’s been with us for 13 years, always with leading roles. I’m sure she will do the job very well.”

Sauber, in fact, has already departed the pitwall once before, when he sold his team to BMW and handed over to Mario Theissen.

Somewhat reluctantly, he returned in 2010, having rescued the Hinwil based employees in the wake of German carmaker’s sudden withdrawal.

“I could not jump into the breach a second time,” smiled Sauber, hinting that his retirement this time around would be final.

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  • Alex

    All the best to Sauber and Monisha :)

  • McLarenfan

    Peter knows what he is doing and what Monisha is able to do with the team so that it stays on the grid in a respectable position.
    Monisha has the respect of a lot of big names and I don’t think peter will be far away!

  • F1Lady

    Well done Sauber and well done Monisha. Shame on you the other F1 teams who have yet to demonstrate that they recognise the value of women in their team structures. How many people working in the frontline of F1 and what percentage of those are women?

    How sad is it that in 2012 there are so few women evident in senior positions in all spheres of work places including the FTSE top 100 companies.

    Why are there are so few women driving F1 cars. Come on Bernie if you want more women to follow F1 encourage teams to embrace diversity.

  • F1Lady

    Well done Monisha and well done Sauber.

    Shame on F1 for not having more women on the frontline of F1 other than in skimpy shorts on the grid. Or lining the stairs for the walk to the podium.

    It’s time Bernie brought in a diversity quota to make F1 teams create equal opportunities. How many people in F1 – How many of those are women. Well worth an article I think!