January 8, 2010 / 12:58 PM / in 9 years

BRIEF-Motor racing-Sauber appoints female MD for F1 team

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Austrian Monisha Kaltenborn will take over the day-to-day running of the Sauber Formula One team as managing director, founder and principal Peter Sauber announced on Friday.

A team spokesman said he believed Kaltenborn, 38, was the first woman to be appointed to such a senior position by a Formula One team. She had previously been a board member and head of legal affairs.

Sauber will remain as principal of the Swiss-based team, attending all the races, but will hand over operational duties at the Hinwil factory to a management team that includes his son Alex.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story emailsportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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