Indian-born 'first lady' of 'macho' F1 to run operations for Sauber in new season

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 09:30 hrs

An Indian-born lawyer, who is the first woman to become CEO and team principal of a Formula 1 team, will soon be running team operations from track to boardroom as the new season gets underway.

Monisha Kaltenborn, in charge of sixth in last year's team championship F1 team Sauber, had played an important trackside role for the team in Grand Prix races even before she took over as team principal, CNN reports.

Kaltenborn, who grew up watching Grand Prix as a child, said that as a team principal one gets a very exposed position at the track side, adding that she had fought to get recognition in a sport which is considered male-dominated.

Kaltenborn, who was born in Dehradun, India, said that she is not disturbed by the use of 'grid girls' or glamorous women holding markers to give teams' grid positions, in Formula 1 and added that they do not undermine the effort be women to be taken seriously by the 'macho' sport.

Joking that girls are more suited to be in the role than men, Kaltenborn hoped that her record will encourage more woman and girls to come into motorsports.

However, Kaltenborn said that there is still time for a woman F1 driver to reach a pole position, adding that it is important to start the grooming of the female drivers in the grassroots level in the same way as the men so help them reach the top levels in the sport. (ANI)

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