Jan.8 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The Swiss F1 team Sauber is losing a long-time senior engineer, media reports reveal.

Speed Week (Germany) and Omnicorse (Italy) claim Giampaolo Dall’Ara, who came into F1 with Sauber in 2000, is leaving Hinwil for a new career in the premier German touring car series DTM.

The reports said Italian Dall’Ara, 47, will be a race engineer for BMW. He worked alongside BMW at Sauber some years ago, when the German carmaker owned the F1 team.

Dall’Ara’s last post at Sauber was head of track engineering, and Speed Week said Sauber is yet to replace him.