F1: Sauber hires ex-Renault head Vasseur as team principal

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, foreground, leads into the first curve while Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein of Germany, background left, starts from the pit lane, during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

LONDON (AP) Sauber has hired former Renault Formula One head Frederic Vasseur as team principal.

Vasseur takes over from Monisha Kaltenborn, who abruptly left the Swiss team last month. Sauber is ninth in the constructors’ championship heading into Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Vasseur oversaw Renault’s return to F1 last year but left after a fall-out over the team’s strategy.