Rampf to take on reduced role at BMW Sauber 26 Jun 2008
BMW Sauber technical director Willy Rampf is to switch to the role of technical coordinator at the start of November after asking for a reduction in his workload. Rampf will continue to be responsible for the vehicle concept and leading the team at races, while Walter Riedl, currently managing director at BMW Saubers Hinwil plant in Switzerland, will take over business operations and line management.
"I have been technical director since April 2000, initially at Sauber, and now for the BMW Sauber F1 Team. It has been an extremely enjoyable but also very intense phase of my life, said Rampf. The idea of cutting back professionally has been growing in my mind for some time already. I discussed the subject with (BMW Motorsport Director) Mario Theissen and we have found a solution together. I'm looking forward to focusing on my original technical responsibilities again and am in no doubt that we can continue to build on our success."
Theissen added: "I can totally understand that Willy Rampf wants to cut down on his workload. I'm pleased that we have found an internal solution with the new structure, one which fits in with the philosophy of the team. All responsibilities will continue to lie in the hands of experienced managers who have played a key role throughout the development phase of the young team. At the same time, the team will continue to benefit from Willy's expertise and great experience. His contribution to the team - both before and after BMW acquired a majority stake - deserves the utmost respect. His record is extremely impressive, and our one-two victory in Montreal represents the crowning moment of his time with us so far."
Riedl will take over responsibility for the development of BMW Saubers 2009 car with immediate effect, while Rampf will continue to look after the further development of the current F1.08. As Riedl explained: "I have already been working very closely and very effectively with Willy Rampf, and this cooperation will now reach another new level. The new structure guarantees continuity and ensures that the BMW Sauber F1 Team is in good shape for the future."
Riedl joined BMW as a development engineer in 1983 and has worked in a leading position in Formula One for nine years. Since 1999 he has been the responsible manager for the BMW Formula One project. Riedl took over the management of the Hinwil factory at the start of 2006 following the company's decision to acquire a majority stake in Sauber.