Sauber has named Mark Smith, who has been technical director at four prior teams, as new technical director of the Hinwil, Switzerland-based operation.
Smith has previously served as technical director at Caterham F1 Team (2011-2014), Force India (2010-2011), Red Bull Racing (2005-2008), and Jordan (2004-2005). Currently he is preparing his relocation from Oxfordshire to “Zürcher Oberland”.
“When I saw the facilities for the first time in Hinwil, I immediately realized the possibilities I would have,” Smith said in a team release. “The wind tunnel, the supercomputer and the machine shop – everything is on a very high technical level. And not to forget the competence of the team.
“These facts were compelling reasons and arguments for me changing to Hinwil. The potential of Sauber is enormous, which is not self-evident in a constantly changing Formula One world. The factory in Hinwil has all the requirements to be competitive in Formula One.”
Added team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, “After talks with the technical committee, we have searched for a Technical Director for the Sauber F1 Team – and found Mark. Mark Smith is an engineer with a lot of experience in Formula One. Above all, he knows the environment in which privateer teams must work and the challenges that are there – and how important it is to keep calm and keep things in perspective.”
After its most challenging 2014 season and a rocky start to 2015 pre-Melbourne, Sauber drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson have scored five total points finishes and rank seventh in the Constructor’s Championship with 21 points. Ericsson and Smith will have worked together previously at Caterham last year.