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Q&A: Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber CEO

Before becoming CEO of the Sauber F1 Team at the start of 2010 you weren't really on the public radar. What is your professional background?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
After completing my studies, I worked for various law firms in Germany and Vienna. Then, in 1998, I moved to Liechtenstein to take up a post at the Fritz Kaiser Group, where I first came into contact with F1. As a legal specialist I was responsible for the involvement of FKG in what was then the Red Bull Sauber team. I then joined Sauber directly in 2000 and took over the running of the legal department. Since 2001 I've been a member of the Board of Management, so I've been involved in all internal processes as well as relations with the FIA, the FOM and the other teams.

To what extent do you see it as something special to be the only woman in such a position in F1?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Given my career path - as we've just been discussing - my appointment did not come as a surprise either to me or to the team. When I took up the post of CEO I really wasn't aware that it would be an issue to people outside the team that I was a woman. I go about my work with passion and see no reason why being a woman should stop me doing that. I now realise, of course, that this is not taken quite so much for granted in all quarters. I'd be very happy if seeing me as CEO of a F1 team emboldened other women with an interest in our sport to pursue their goals.

How would you assess the performances of the Sauber F1 Team so far in 2011?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
All in all, I'm quite happy with the season, especially when you think of the obstacles we've had to overcome since 2009. Our aim for 2011 was to make a clear improvement over 2010. We had a strong first half of the season overall. However, since then various factors have conspired to cost us points and chip away at the advantage we'd built up earlier in the year.

What are the team's aims for the remaining three races of the season?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
That's very clear: we want to reclaim sixth place in the constructors' standings after slipping down to seventh recently.

What are you hoping for ahead of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
I'd like India's F1 debut to be a wonderful sporting occasion and the Sauber F1 Team to contribute to the excitement of the spectators by putting in a good performance.

Related Pictures

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20.05.2011- Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Managing director Sauber F1 Team
30.07.2011  Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management  with Pasquale Lattuneddu (ITA), FOM, Formula One Management and Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber F1
28.07.2011 - 2012 Team Sauber Lineup preview: Peter Sauber (SUI),  Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sergio Pérez (MEX), Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT)
09.09.2011- Friday Practice 1, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal and Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Managing director Sauber F1 Team
09.04.2011- Saturday Practice, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber Managing Director
07.10.2011- Friday Practice 2, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Managing director Sauber F1 Team
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 1, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Managing director, Sauber F1 Team

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Methanol - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 11:11 PM

this year has been very good for women power debuts in the racing world. first it was 2011 le mans winning Audi team race engineer. i guess, she too an Indian origin? now F1 world met with the first woman ceo. incredible achievement indeed. great for women. next, women foray into motogp & wrc too? it would be nice. my criticism: had this women been our american or european then the members would have reacting in a different manner. since she is from indian origian, members are jealous. what a losers.

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