F1 » Monisha Kaltenborn, Q&A

Monisha Kaltenborn is almost a week into her post as the first female team principal in F1. With a total of four podium places so far, the Sauber team has enjoyed a very successful 2012 season, but the forthcoming Indian Grand Prix, which takes the new boss to her native country, ensures that there is still plenty to talk about...

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sodesu - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 1:54 PM

Well it IS a business whether you like it or not. And they do have a balance sheet to look after. If they didn't do that they wouldn't have been around for 20 years. Anyone will tell you that Kamui is a hugely appreciated team member but even at the point of his signing I think they had incoming japanese sponsor money in the back of their heads. Japanese drivers have certainly been quite well-funded in the past. But this has failed to materialise. I'm sure keeping him or not will not be an easy decision and it will depend hugely on what options are available. A package of, say, Alguersuari + a checque from CEPSA would serve them well for example. Having said that though, I really hope they do keep him, he may be a bit uneven but he is entertaining and at times utterly brilliant.

sodesu - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 1:56 PM

I mean it's entirely possible they would have been ahead of Merc already with two more consistent drivers, but if they didn't have two passionate racers who will push the car right to, and sometimes above, the limit they may not have had those three brilliant podiums.

LJ - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 3:17 PM

I don't understand it, she's personally see's KK's podium as a highlight of the season, yet it's all but confirmed they're dumping him for pay drivers next season. I'll be the first to admit KK has underperformed in quite a few races this year, if things had gone more smoothly like in Japan he would have thrashed Perez this season, but they didn't work out that way. But he's getting more mature, better every season and is part of the reason why the car has improved. I can see him winning races for Sauber if he stays on. But if they get 2 pay drivers, they're likely going to suffer for the first half of next season as the drivers get used to the new car and with no-one to help lead the way in development and understanding of the car.. Not very smart imho.

Amigo - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 6:27 PM

LJ, KK has underperformed in a few races. Yes, you're right but KK car wasn't as good as Perez car and his car has reliability issue as well.
I saw Monisha emotionally crying at Japan GP when KK was podium.
Suaber doesn't retain KK for 2013 is nothing to do with his performance but he doesn't have sponsor.
Nico Hulkenberg will bring Sponsor to Sauber.
Given other driver seat to another Mexican driver will keep Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim happy but I'm not sure Sauber will received $ 10 millions Sponsor fee in 2013 as Sauber received for Perez.
Perez's Sponsors will go to McLaren in 2014.
Sauber needs money. KK still have chance to retain his Sauber seat if he found sponsor.
Nico Hulkenger deals is not finalize yet but almost.
If Sauber has no financial problem and then I believe Sauber will re-sign KK for sure.
Sauber team knows the best why Perez out performed KK this year.
KK know the situation and he never complain about Perez even Perez pushed him out of track in China. Mone

Amigo - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 6:28 PM

Sauber team knows the best why Perez out performed KK this year.
KK know the situation and he never complain about Perez even Perez pushed him out of track in China. Money is more shining than talent in F1. Ferrari does not need Sponsor money but Mclaren will need in 2014 because current sponsor will leave McLaren in 2014. That's why McLaren signed Ferrari graduate Perez and ignoring it own McLaren-Mercedes graduate. No one was to blame for KK exit from Sauber.

jose - Unregistered

October 17, 2012 6:35 PM

We know the score..With some teams talent has no standing.
without pay drivers the team will not survive.. Its all about money.
Getting a talented driver with money is what they need and
seldom get. The really talent drivers refuse to pay, and rightly

Badman, Jose

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