Walking out proud: Interview with Willy Rampf

Walking out proud: Interview with Willy Rampf

This weekend's Chinese Grand Prix is the final race for Sauber's technical chief Willy Rampf. After a career spanning over 10 years with the Swiss squad, the 56-year-old is walking out a proud man. Edd Straw met with Rampf to recap his F1 career

When Willy Rampf handed over the Sauber reins to Force India emigre James Key last week, it brought to the end a decade-long spell as the Swiss outfit's technical director.

The 56-year-old German is a man who prefers his results to do the talking, so it may come as something of a surprise that, at the moment of his departure, Rampf was F1's longest serving technical director. But don't equate low profile with low achievement, for on his watch Sauber thrived as an independent team in a manufacturer era, became a race-winner in its four years as a factory-owned outfit and then re-established itself as a privateer this season once BMW walked away.

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