Following a few weeks of uncertainty, after the departure of long-time boss Monisha Kaltenborn, the Swiss squad has now announced its new team principal.
Kaltenborn left Sauber “by mutual consent” due to “diverging views” about the company’s future.
Sauber continued on without a team principal in Azerbaijan and Austria, but has now named Vasseur as its new boss.
He’s head of the ART team in junior categories and spent 2016 as racing director, and then team principal, of Renault. However, he left in January.
Now, he’s been announced as Sauber’s new team boss, alongside becoming managing director and CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG.
The Frenchman will start his new jobs at Sauber on the 17 July, the Monday after the British GP. Here’s what he had to say on the news:
“I’m very proud to be joining Sauber Motorsport AG, and wish to thank the company’s shareholders for their trust in me.
“I’ve been impressed by the facilities in Hinwil and by the talent and ambition of the workforce, and I very much look forward to complementing the team with my experience and determination and drive all people in the right direction in everything they do: I am convinced that all together we will achieve ambitious targets.
“I cannot wait to start working with our drivers, engineers and all the staff. I look forward to contributing to the next important phase in the development of the team.”
It’s hardly surprising, Vasseur was one of the favourites to join Sauber and take over from Kaltenborn, but it’s good to see Sauber securing some stability.