Former Williams and Toro Rosso Race Engineer Xavi Pujolar has joined Sauber as Head of Track Engineering as they begin to rebuild after a period of financial instability.
A number of key members of staff have left the team over the past couple of years, including Willem Toet – their former Head of Aerodynamics and Tim Malyon whom Pujolar directly replaces. With a takeover from Longbow Finance, stability has returned to the team, now on a recruiting drive, rebuilding for 2017.
Pujolar has worked most recently with Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso, and left at a similar time to the Dutchman; previously working at Williams alongside Pastor Maldonado including most famously his win at the Spanish Grand Prix.
A statement in their preview for the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend said: “The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to confirm the appointment of Xevi Pujolar as new Head of Track Engineering.
“The 43-year old Catalan started at the Sauber F1 Team headquarters in Hinwil after the summer break and will work in this capacity from the Singapore Grand Prix onwards. Pujolar has worked for several Formula 1 teams; previously he worked as Senior Race Engineer at Scuderia Toro Rosso.
“Paul Russell, who is in the role of Chief Race Engineer on an interim basis, will be back in his previous position as Head of Performance Integration.”