First female F1 team boss Monisha quits Sauber

Monisha Kaltenborn

Monisha Kaltenborn has stepped down from her position as Sauber Formula 1 team principal and chief executive officer.

Media reports suggest that Monisha has left her position, though the Swiss team has yet to officially confirm the news. It is believed the new owner and Kaltenborn could not reach an agreement over how the team should be run. One of the issues was the treatment of Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.

It is understood the owner wanted to give Ericsson priority over Wehrlein, but Kaltenborn was not in favour of such a policy.

Monisha, an Indian-born Austrian citizen, took over from team founder Peter Sauber in 2012. The sport’s first woman team principal, and the second Indian-born after Force India’s Vijay Mallya, Kaltenborn joined Sauber in 2000 to run the legal department and took over as chief executive in 2010.

When Longbow Finance acquired Sauber last year, founder Peter Sauber retired while Monisha retained her position but relinquished her shares. Following lengthy discussions, the two parties decided they could not find a way forward working together and chose to part ways. The terms of her departure are still being worked out, reports Autosport. Former HRT F1 team principal Colin Kolles is a candidate to replace Monisha.

Ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Sauber lies ninth in the constructors’ championship with four points. Monisha leaves her positions with the Sauber Group with immediate effect.