The Sauber team have confirmed that technical director Mark Smith has resigned from his position ahead of the first race in Melbourne which is now just days away. A statement from the team said: “He has already left the company,” and went on to wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
Smith has opted to return to the UK for family reasons, after joining the Swiss squad in the summer of 2015. He has previously worked for Red Bull and Caterham, and naturally there’s no word on what his plans are, or what the plans are for his replacement.
Sauber, meanwhile, also suffered a cashflow situation which meant their staff were paid February salaries late. This was after the team asked for an advance from Bernie on their championship revenue, along with Force India and Manor. After a worrying few days, Sauber confirmed everyone had been paid and they were not in any doubt about appearing in Australia this year, but they are also hoping to sign up a title sponsor sooner rather than later.
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