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Sauber still talking to ‘several candidates’ to replace Kaltenborn

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Sauber is still engaged in talks with “several candidates” over the vacant team principal role following Monisha Kaltenborn’s exit last month, and is in no rush to appoint a replacement.

Kaltenborn left Sauber after 17 years following a disagreement with chairman Pascal Picci over the future direction of the team and alleged unfair treatment of drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.

Sauber was jointly run by team manager Beat Zehnder and technical director Jörg Zander in Baku, and the pair continue to hold the reins in Austria as a replacement for Kaltenborn is yet to have been decided on.

“I cannot tell you [when a decision will be made] because we are still in talks with several candidates,” Zehnder said.

“And as soon as we have something announce, we will.

“We have to be realistic. It’s only two weeks since Monisha was not with us anymore. Still everything is under control.

“It’s not a big deal for the moment. There is not an immediate decision that has to be taken.

Kaltenborn was instrumental in brokering a deal for Sauber to use Honda engines in 2018, but Zehnder does not feel that her departure will affect the team’s preparations for next season.

“If we haven’t got a team principal for the next half of the year then it might be a problem,” Zehnder said.

“But for the moment, everything is running. Everything is in order.”

Sauber currently sits ninth in the F1 constructors’ championship with five points to its name, three clear of basement team McLaren.

With tree in tow, Robert Wickens is already in the Christmas spirit

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It may be a week before Thanksgiving, but IndyCar driver Robert Wickens is already obviously in a festive Christmas mood.

Wickens took to Twitter and Instagram Wednesday to post a video showing he just gave himself an early yuletide present: a Christmas tree:

“Got myself a tree! I figured it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s a very real tree and my arms are itchy to prove it!”

He even ended his tweet with a Christmas tree emoji.

And for good measure, Wickens — wearing a winter ski cap with his name on it — and some of the staff at his rehab facility broke into an impromptu version of “Oh, Christmas Tree!”

Check out what Wickens posted and enjoy a little early Christmas cheer sure to put a smile on your face: