Mark Smith, the Technical Director at Sauber has left the team it has been announced today.
The former Caterham Technical Director, who joined the team last season is said to be returning to the UK for family reasons, although these haven’t been expanded on.
A simple statement from Sauber said, “The Technical Director of the Sauber F1 Team, Mark Smith, has decided to go back to the UK for family reasons.
“He has already left the company. We would like to thank Mark for his efforts and we wish him all the best for his future.”
It comes at a difficult time for the team, having paid staff late in February and with no guarantees the same wont happen in March, and the prospect of a new title sponsorship which has yet to be signed.
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