Sauber’s technical director Mark Smith has stood down from the team less than a week before the first race of the year.
“The technical director of the Sauber F1 Team, Mark Smith, has decided to go back to the UK for family reasons,” said the team in a statement on Monday. “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 added.
Sauber appointed the former Caterham designer in July last year. Smith also previously worked for Force India, Red Bull, Jordan and Renault. The 55-year-old is married with two children.
The team’s new C35 chassis was the only car which did not appear in time for the first test of the new season. Smith described the car as “very much an evolution” of the team’s 2015 car
Smith’s departure leaves Sauber’s technical team headed by chief designer Eric Gandelin.
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