A new chief designer at BMW Sauber

The BMW Sauber F1 Team has appointed Christoph Zimmermann as its new chief designer. The 39-year-old Swiss will be responsible for the design of the race cars of from January 1 2008, reporting to Technical Director Willy Rampf.

Zimmermann is a mechanical engineer and worked as a composite and model designer at Sauber in Hinwil from 1989 until 1999 when he moved to Swift Engineering in Santa Clara, California before returning to Sauber in 2000 to be the head of composite design in 2000.

"On principle we fill executive positions internally whenever possible. It also sends an important signal to our workforce," said team boss Dr Mario Theissen. "I am delighted that in Christoph Zimmermann we have a highly qualified colleague in our ranks who will take over the task of Chief Designer."

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