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BMW Sauber appoint new chief designer 29 Oct 2007

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.07 
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 20 October 2007

BMW Sauber announced on Monday the appointment of Christoph Zimmermann as the team’s new chief designer. Zimmerman will be responsible for the design of the squad’s race car from January 2008 and will report to technical director Willy Rampf.

The 39 year-old worked as a composite and model designer at Sauber in Hinwil from 1989 before moving to Swift Engineering in 1999. He returned to Sauber to become head of composite design in 2000.

“On principle we fill executive positions internally whenever possible,” explained Mario Theissen, BMW Motorsport Director. “It also sends an important signal to our workforce. I am delighted that in Christoph Zimmermann we have a highly qualified colleague in our ranks who will take over the task of chief designer. From his previous work he is familiar with the complex technical relationships as well as the specific operational procedures involved. In keeping with our philosophy, we will also replace him internally.”

Commenting on his promotion, Zimmerman said: “The BMW Sauber F1 Team has made great strides in its two development years. I would like to make my own contribution in supporting the team on its successful path to the top.”

The German-Swiss squad ended the 2007 season second in the constructors’ championship after scoring 101 points.