Sauber has announced the arrival of Jan Monchaux as its head of aerodynamics as part of its expansion following a new partnership with Alfa Romeo.
Monchaux joins Sauber after five years as Audi Sport’s head of vehicle engineering and aerodynamics and stints at both Toyota and Ferrari. Monchaux will start work this month and heads up the aerodynamic team that reports to technical director Jorg Zander.
Monchaux’s arrival sees a change of role for former head of aerodynamics Nicolas Hennel de Beaupreau, who had only been in the position for 18 months since joining from Lotus. Hennel de Beaupreau will take on another position within the aerodynamics department as Sauber looks to strengthen its technical team.
“I’m very much looking forward to the arrival of Jan Monchaux as the new head of aerodynamics,” Zander said. “It marks an important step of a wider project that aims at strengthening and implementing the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in line with the targets and the results we want to achieve on tracks.”
Sauber announced a title partnership with Alfa Romeo last December, a deal that team principal Frederic Vasseur told RACER made his outfit “much more attractive for recruitment” after a number of years of struggle.
In finishing bottom of the constructors’ championship in 2017, Sauber scored just five points all season and saw both cars drop out in Q1 at the opening race in Melbourne this year.