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Female executive returns home for Indian GP

Associated Press Published: October 17, 2012

NEW DELHI (AP) — The first woman to lead a Formula One team has another reason to look forward to the Indian Grand Prix next week — it's in her home country.

The 41-year-old Monisha Kaltenborn was promoted from Sauber's chief executive to its team principal last week. Her main focus is ensuring the Switzerland-based team improves on its four podium finishes this season.

"The Indian GP is a race like any other, with the same meticulous preparations and the same aspiration to achieve the best possible result," Kaltenborn said in a Sauber statement. "From a personal point of view, it's rather different. Obviously, I'm particularly looking forward to this race in my home country."

Sauber is sixth in the F1 constructors' standings on 116 points, 251 behind leader Red Bull, and Kaltenborn believes the team can rise at least one spot with four races left in the season.

"Our ambitious goal remains to finish fifth in the constructors' world championship," she said. "And I have the utmost confidence, both in our team at Hinwil and in the crew at the track along with our two drivers, Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez.

"Of course, there have been races where things didn't go to plan and we forfeited valuable points."

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