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Formula One's Only Woman Team Principal Steps Down

Kaltenborn to split from Sauber as team principal

Kaltenborn's future was cast into doubt on Wednesday morning when rumours surfaced that she had departed the team, having held the role of Team Principal since 2012.

Born in India but brought up in Austria, the 46-year-old with a master's degree in International Business Law was hired by Sauber in the late 1990s to look after its corporate and legal affairs.

"Her successor will be announced shortly", it added.

It has today been rumoured that Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn has parted company with the Sauber F1 Team.

No details were given about the "diverging views" but board chairman Pascal Picci issued a separate statement, angrily rejecting speculation that it concerned the status of the team's drivers and a desire to favour Sweden's Marcus Ericsson.

"These reports, attributed to anonymous "sources", are highly detrimental to both Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein as well as to the management and all staff of the Sauber F1 Team". Her hard work and dedication to all things F1, earned her recognition within the wider company and she was appointed CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG in 2010, when owner Peter Sauber rebuilt the squad following the departure of BMW from the sport.

Kaltenborn's departure will leave former champions Williams as the only team with a woman in charge.

Next season Sauber, who past year found new owners in Longbow Finance, will swap to Honda power.

While the process of appointing a successor continues, the team will be overseen by team manager Beat Zehnder and technical director Jorg Zander.

The team, founded in 1993, has never won a Formula 1 race, and there have been no pole positions for the team since Kaltenborn became team principal.