Sauber has announced that its technical director Jorg Zander has left the team with immediate effect.
Zander joined Sauber ahead of the 2017 season after leaving Audi when it withdrew from the World Endurance Championship, and has overseen an upturn in fortunes for the team this year courtesy of a switch to the latest Ferrari power unit. Points in Bahrain for Marcus Ericsson were followed up by sixth place for Charles Leclerc in Azerbaijan last weekend, but Sauber has now announced Zander has left his role.
“Jorg Zander, Technical Director of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, will stop working for the team with immediate effect,” Sauber confirmed in a statement. “We would like to thank him for his dedication and we wish Jorg Zander all the best and success for the future.
“Until a new organization will be announced, the various heads of departments and the current project leaders will continue to work on the development of the C37 and the 2019 car with the supervision of Frederic Vasseur, CEO and Team Principal.”
Zander has a long history in motorsport, first working in Formula 1 in the early 2000s for Toyota before joining BAR. Spells as chief designer at Williams and Sauber then followed, before a return to the former BAR team that was then known as Honda in 2007. Zander left shortly after the team became Brawn, and moved into sportscars before joining Audi in 2015.
Sauber has been expanding since the announcement of a new title partnership with Alfa Romeo at the end of last season.