Sauber have lost technical director James Key just days before the launch of their new car.
In a statement issued by the team Key said: “I’ve enjoyed the past two years working at the Sauber F1 Team.
“It has been a very intense and interesting time, in which we had to manage the transition from a much larger team to a smaller one, and everybody handled that very well. I think the team is now well set for the future and I wish it the very best. I have been offered a new role back in the UK, which I decided to accept.”
Team principal Peter Sauber added: “A qualified team shares the overall technical responsibility. This structure has proved to work well at other racing outfits.
“Over a period of almost two years, James has accomplished a lot for our team. Especially in the difficult transition period from a manufacturer team into a private enterprise, he contributed significantly to ensure the team regained stability. We would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for his future.”
Key joined Sauber in 2010 having previously worked for Force India.
The Sauber C31 is due to be launched on Monday in Jerez.
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