BMW Sauber restructures F1 team

Willy Rampf, the Technical Director of the BMW Sauber F1 team, is to have a slight change of job at the end of the current season. From November 1 Rampf will become Technical Coordinator and will continue to be responsible for the vehicle concept and to lead the team at the race track, but his management of the manufacturing side of the operation is to be handed over to Walter Riedl (48), the current managing-director of the team.

"I have been Technical Director since April 2000, initially at Sauber, and now for the BMW Sauber F1 Team," said Rampf. "It has been an extremely enjoyable but also very intense phase of my life. The idea of cutting back professionally has been growing in my mind for some time already. I discussed the subject with Mario Theissen and we have found a solution together. I’m looking forward to focusing on my original technical responsibilities again and am in no doubt

that we can continue to build on our success."

Riedl will take over responsibility for the BMW Sauber F1.09 development process with immediate effect, while Rampf will continue to look after the further development of the BMW Sauber F1.08.

Riedl joined BMW as a development engineer in 1983 and has worked in a leading

position in Formula 1 for nine years. Since 1999 he has been the manager for the BMW Formula 1 project and he added the management of the Hinwil factory at the start of 2006.

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