Pascal Pitch, who resigned as Chairman of Sauber, said it was triggered by a disagreement with Alfa Romeo F1 team representative Frederick Vasul about the choice of driver.
Pascal Pitch played an important role in the rescue of the team sold to Longbow Finance in 2016 and has been a key figure in Sauber in recent years.
After the team rebranded to Alfa Romeo F1, he remained chairman of Sauber Holdings to work closely with the Islero Investments Consortium, a consortium led by Finn Rausing.
However, prior to the F1 Mexican Grand Prix, Pascal Pitch surprised the team by announcing his resignation as chairman.
Pascal Pitch said he continued to trust the team’s owners as to why he resigned as chairman, but disagreed with Frederick Vasul, Alfa Romeo F1’s team representative.
“I don’t want to be involved with Frederick Vasul’s management in the future,” Pascal Pitch said, refusing to elaborate on a particular issue, but explained that future driver selection was central.
Sauber will hire Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou as a teammate for Valtteri Bottas in 2022. Guanyu Zhou, who is currently ranked second in the F2 ranking, admits that the sponsor package and marketing aspects in the Chinese market were also factors behind the appointment.
Pascal Pitt has no sympathy for Guanyu Zhou, but the 2022 driver choice deviates from the previous close alliance that the team had with Ferrari as part of its partnership with Alfa Romeo, and has been in the last three. It led to the release of Antonio Jobinati, who was the driver for the year.
“Choosing a driver was one of the points that broke the table between me and current management,” Pascal Pitt explained.
“I’m sorry Antonio isn’t here anymore. I’m glad Zhou arrives. I’ve been a Chinese youth and his family since I wanted to bring him to the Sauber Driver Academy. I know and appreciate the commercial opportunities he can open. “
Pascal Pitch said he was dissatisfied with the driver selection but fully trusted the owner of Sauber, who repeatedly stated his commitment to the team in the wake of negotiations to sell the team to Michael Andretti. ..
Pascal Pitch commented, “What I did at the Belgian Grand Prix is a wound that hasn’t healed yet,” as to why the owner pondered the sale.
“With three laps of non-race behind the safety car, Williams was able to score points and had little chance of regaining his position in the Constructors’ Championship. Spa is an important branch for us. That was one of the main reasons we decided to give up and sell F1. “
But negotiations with Andretti eventually collapsed because the owner of Sauber did not want to relinquish full control of the team. Pascal Pitch believes Finn Roussing has done the right thing for the future.
“He is free to choose. He is a representative of shareholders and a reliable person with all his passion and energy,” Pascal Pitch said.
“I’ve become a minority and have come to a conclusion. Finn is as trustworthy to me as any other person on behalf of the company. Don’t hesitate, I pray for the success of the entire team.”
“The owners of the team are enthusiastic and very passionate people, and we are reassured about the future of the team as our top priority is to protect the staff that make up the team.”
“Therefore, my resignation never causes concern for Sauber staff, so I’m convinced.”
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