Sauber appoint Vasseur as team principal

Date published: July 12 2017

Sauber have officially confirmed Frédéric Vasseur as their new team principal, replacing Monisha Kaltenborn.

The Swiss team have been without a leading figurehead since June 21 after Kaltenborn's shock departure, due to "diverging views", was announced.

Drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein claimed that they have been left in the dark ever since she left her role, but former Renault boss Vasseur has now taken up the role.

In an statement, Vasseur said: "“I’m very proud to be joining Sauber Motorsport AG, and wish to thank the company’s shareholders for their trust in me.

"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.”

Vasseur has also been appointed Managing Director & CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG.

One of his first tasks with the media will possibly be to comment on the rumours that the proposed deal with Honda from next season onwards has already collapsed.