The Sauber Formula One team has confirmed recent rumours connecting them to Jorg Zander with the announcement that the German design guru has become their new Technical Director. Zander is no stranger to the team having worked there in 2006 and 7 when it was under the guise of the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

“I am delighted to return to the Sauber F1 Team in my adopted home country of Switzerland,” said Jörg Zander. “After many years at the top level in endurance motorsport, I am very pleased to become Technical Director and to undertake the challenge with Monisha Kaltenborn, the team, all the outstanding engineers and mechancis in the new era of Formula 1.”

Next year will see a raft of new regulations and Zander, who is currently working for Audi Sport, can't wait to sink his teeth into the challenge ahead…

“The new Formula 1 regulations offer a great opportunity to point the way with innovations and technical creativity. One of my tasks will be to define a stable and efficient technical organisation that evolves the potential of creativity and, therefore, the basis for the development of successful Formula 1 cars. Initially we obviously want to improve and establish ourselves as a team in the mid-field. Overall it is a challenge which I await with excitement and enthusiasm.”

Zander has more than 25 years of experience in international motorsport working in different leading technical positions. CEO and Team Principal of Sauber F1, Monisha Kaltenborn,  is delighted that he will be joining them….

“We are very pleased about the appointment of Jörg Zander as our new Technical Director at the Sauber F1 Team,” she said. “We are honoured that we have convinced such a renowned and experienced technical leader to be part of our team and plans for the future.”

“This is a very important step for the implementation of our strategic goals, in order to guide the team into a new and successful era. Zander fits well into our team, he has a lot of know-how in Formula 1, as well as in motorsport in general. As Technical Director he will have the overview as well as the responsibility for all technical departments.”

“In our factory in Hinwil he will have the possibilities to work technically at a very high level. We are convinced we will make progress with him. We wish Jörg Zander a good start on his return to Sauber, for which we ensure him our full support.”