F1's leading lady on her new role at Sauber

F1's leading lady on her new role at Sauber

Monisha Kaltenborn took over as Sauber team principal ahead of last week's Korean Grand Prix. AUTOSPORT caught up with the Indian-born 41-year-old to talk about her new role, women in motorsport and the future of Sauber

Q. You've been de facto team principal for a while now. Does having the title really change anything about the job you're doing?

Monisha Kaltenborn: In the day-to-day job, not really. There are two sides to the job, one is at home and one is at the track. At home, I already had the operational responsibility so there nothing has changed. At the track, I was involved in everything, but the designation was a different one. It's a small change, but you really feel the entire responsibility on your shoulders.

Q. Is it good to feel that someone as well respected in the F1 paddock as Peter Sauber has put his faith in you? That confidence can't be easy to gain…

MK: I am very happy that Peter has that confidence in me. We have been through a lot of situations together relating to the team. It's not only BMW's exit [in 2009], there were many things that happened before. In that time, he saw how much I think like he does and that we have the same values. When it came down to BMW's exit, we had to react very quickly.

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