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 18, 2012 12:13 PM

I think that's an overly simplified thing to say really. The history is full of teams started by former drivers that have ended up short-lived because these managers couldn't manage the finances. If you look at the background of today's team principals they are pretty evenly distributed among three different types: race drivers, engineers and businessmen/women. It's hard to say one background would be better or more useful than another. As for Kaltenborn, she's been in F1 since 2000 and that's actually more than quite a few of the other principals. Incidentally, Stefano Domenicali, who also has a business background, started working in F1 four years before Monisha and became team principal four years ago. I don't recall he got the same criticism then...

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