Mark Smith, Sauber technical director, leaves team

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The 2016 Formula 1 season begins this week and Sauber F1 Team’s technical director won’t be starting it with the team.

Sauber announced Monday that Mark Smith has left the team.

Here was the team statement: “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.”