Sauber has announced Mark Smith is to become its new technical director as part of plans to bolster its technical committee.
An experienced figure in the F1 paddock, Smith has held similar roles over the years with Jordan (2004-2005), Red Bull Racing (2005-2008), Force India (2010-2011) and Caterham (2011-2014).
His acquisition will see him be included in the technical committee, which looks after car performance, aerodynamics and design, with Smith taking on responsibility for 'overlapping tasks'.
“When I saw the facilities for the first time in Hinwil, I immediately realised the possibilities I would have,” he said. “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.”
“After talks with the technical committee, we have searched for a Technical Director for the Sauber F1 Team – and found Mark,” added Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. “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. With us he finds technical possibilities on a very high level. We wish Mark a good start for which he has our full support."