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Duesmann replaces Paschen at BMW Sauber 11 Jul 2006

Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) BMW Sauber F1.06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, United States Grand Prix, Race, Indianapolis, USA, 2 July 2006

BMW Sauber have confirmed that Markus Duesmann has been appointed head of Powertrain Formula One. The German, who previously worked for Mercedes-Benz, will replace Heinz Paschen, who is leaving the company by mutual consent.

Duesmann, 37, will start working for the team on January 1st 2007. He will report directly to BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen and work alongside BMW Sauber’s technical director, Willy Rampf.

According to BMW Sauber, Duesmann instigated the move himself. “He has approached BMW, because he was looking for a new challenge,” commented Theissen. “His ideas for the way of working and leading a team match our point of view. We are convinced Markus Duesmann is the right person to fill this key position. His experience will aid us to continue the building process for one team based in two locations, in Munich and Hinwil.”

Before joining the team, Duesmann was head of development at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines and based in Britain. He had already worked at Merecdes-Benz for four years after completing his mechanical engineering degree, before spending eight years at FEV Motorentechnik in Aachen.

“The BMW Sauber F1 Team is undergoing a development phase and this means a great challenge,” said Duesmann. “As head of Powertrain F1 my task lies not only in technology, but also in the design of structures and processes as well as in the close co-operation between the two factories. I want to put all my experience into this project and support the team on its way up.”

BMW Sauber head into this weekend’s French Grand Prix lying fifth in the constructors' championship standing with 19 points.