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.
How do you manage to cope with the twin responsibility of work and family?
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.
How satisfied are you with the Sauber F1 Team's achievements so far this season?
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.
What are your personal highlights of the season so far?
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.