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Zander joins BMW Sauber as chief designer 26 Apr 2006

Jorg Zander (GER) Williams Chief Designer. Williams FW28 Launch, Williams HQ, Grove, Oxfordshire, England, 27 January 2006. © WilliamsF1

Jorge Zander, formerly head of design with Williams, is to take up the same post at BMW Sauber at the start of July. Zander, 42, will be responsible for the design of the team’s car and will report to chassis technical director, Willy Rampf.

"The BMW Sauber F1 Team is in its set-up phase, which presents a major challenge,” said Zander, who left Williams earlier this year, reportedly for personal reasons. “It isn't just a matter of technology but of laying down the structures and processes as well. Drawing on my experience, I would like to do my bit to support the team on its way up."

Welcoming the German to the team, BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen added: "The development of the BMW Sauber F1 Team continues to move forward, and that includes adding a chief designer to our staff line-up. We are certain that in Jorg Zander we have found the right man for this pivotal position. His experience will be an important asset to us."

Zander launched his Formula One career with Toyota in Cologne, where he was appointed head of chassis and hydraulic engineering in 1999. In 2002 he moved to BAR to become chief engineer for mechanics and transmission, and in September 2005 was appointed head of design at Williams.