One of the stranger rumours doing the rounds was that the Sauber team’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix could cost the team’s technical director, James Key, his job.
After switching from his post at Force India Key, Key has been at his position at Sauber for less than one year – ultimately, as the department head, he is responsible for the fabrication error that saw the upper rear wing elements falling foul of the regulations by millimetres. The breach stripped Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi of their respective sixth and seventh-placed finishes at Albert Park, which could cost the team millions in TV rights revenue.
What sparked this speculation was that team boss Peter Sauber and Key returned to the team’s Hinwil factory, while much of the team has moved to Malaysia to prepare to the next round of the championship season.
A gutted 67-year-old Sauber admitted to his native Blick newspaper that the disappointment of the points loss would take a while to get over.
“For me, the wounds are definitely far from being healed,” he said.
When asked by the newspaper if anyone would face any consequences for the error, he replied: “I don’t want to say anything about that.
“But I will send a clear message – there will be no dismissals,” he affirmed.
The factory staff are currently constructing new upper rear wing elements that will be transported to Kuala Lumpur in carry-on luggage.
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