The Sauber F1 Team confirmed on Monday that Mark Smith who joined the outfit in July 2015 as technical director has left the team. The news comes just days before the opening race of the 2016 Formula One season, the Australian GP in Melbourne.

In a statement the outfit confirmed Smith’s departure:

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.
The Swiss outfit are yet to name a replacement.
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