Ferrari’s head of vehicle project coordination Simone Resta is set to leave the team to take up the role of technical director at Sauber.
Resta will leave Maranello on May 31 before starting his new position with the Swiss team on July 1, taking over from previous technical Jorg Zander who departed the team with immediate effect at the start of the month. The short timeframe between Resta leaving Ferrari and beginning work in his new role shows the close relationship between the two teams, with Sauber receiving an Alfa Romeo title sponsorship and Ferrari power units.
Essentially, the Italian was chief designer at Ferrari, working below technical director Mattia Binotto, but will now report directly to Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur and lead the technical department at Hinwil.
“Simone Resta has the best profile to take on the role of technical director,” Vasseur said of the appointment. “His arrival at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team marks a significant step ahead of a long term project that aims at strengthening the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in order to achieve ambitious results.”
Sauber is currently ninth in the constructors’ standings after the first six races of the season, scoring on three occasions courtesy of a ninth place for Marcus Ericsson in Bahrain and then sixth and 10th for Charles Leclerc in Baku and Barcelona, respectively.
Leclerc is another example of the close links between the two teams, with the Ferrari young driver joined in the Sauber line-up by reserve Antonio Giovinazzi.