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Q&A: Monisha Kaltenborn

Professionally, I'm sure gender plays no role. And as I've been around for such a long time, I don't think I'll be seen more in terms of a woman than a boss. People who are new to the scene might just do a double-take at first, but that will soon settle down.

Q:
How do you manage to cope with the twin responsibility of work and family?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
It usually works very well, though in some situations it can prove an organisational and emotional challenge. I believe it's very important to involve the children. We stay in touch on race weekends by phone or skype – these days, fortunately, there are such options. At home my husband, my parents and a nanny manage to cushion my professional absences. I've got a strong support system, and the kids are really proud of what their mother does.

Q:
How satisfied are you with the Sauber F1 Team's achievements so far this season?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
With four podium places and now 116 world championship points, we can certainly be proud of our achievements so far as a private team. Of course there have been races where things didn't go to plan and we forfeited valuable points. Our car, the Sauber C31-Ferrari, is a great success and has proved competitive on virtually any kind of circuit. Some describe it as one of the best cars on the grid. Now it's a matter of carrying the impetus forward into the remaining four races. Our ambitious goal remains to finish fifth in the constructors' world championship. And I have the utmost confidence both in our team at Hinwil and in the crew at the track along with our two drivers, Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez.

Q:
What are your personal highlights of the season so far?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
To answer that I'm going to have to take off my sober, objective hat for a moment: it was just so emotional when Kamui finished third in Japan.



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12.10.2012-  Free Practice 2, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team
11.10.2012- Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Managing director, Sauber F1 Team takes over the role as team principle from Peter Sauber (SUI), Sauber F1 Team, Team Owner
07.09.2012- Press conference, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Chief Executive Officer, Sauber F1 Team
06.09.2012- Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Chief Executive Officer, Sauber F1 Team
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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.



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