The BMW Sauber F1 team have announced that they will be restructuring their technical department over the coming months with current technical director Willy Rampf moving to his new role of technical co-ordinator in November.
The change is said to be because Rampf is looking to reduce his workload. Although he will continue to be responsible for the vehicle concept, Walter Reidl will take over his business operations and line management responsibilities. Reidl is an experienced member of the team having joined as a development engineer in 1983 before working his way up and heading the Hinwil factory operations. He will be taking over responsibility for the development of the new F1.09 car immediately.
“I have been Technical Director since April 2000, initially at Sauber, and now for the BMW Sauber F1 Team,” Rampf explained. “It has been an extremely enjoyable but also very intense phase of my life. The idea of cutting back professionally has been growing in my mind for some time already.
“I discussed the subject with 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.”
Motor sport boss Mario Theissen said: “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 added, “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,” he said.