There’s rarely coincidence in Formula 1 and last week’s announcement that Sauber were struggling to make payroll (and subsequent announcement by team boos Monisha Kaltenborn that they would meet March payroll) has been the first drama for the team this season…publicly at least.
You’ll recall last year they began the season with a lawsuit from Giedo van der Garde over a reneged driving contract which threatened to impound their cars at the season-opening race in Australia. Now it seems that financial challenges still remain and today AUTOSPORT revealed that there is more troubling news.
According to the report, technical director Mark Smith has left the team. He joined Sauber last year and previously worked for Red Bull and Caterham but the team say he is leaving to go back to the UK for family reasons.
Could be coincidence but I would imagine that things are difficult at the team and perhaps Mark felt it was time to move on. That’s all speculation of course and I’ll take the team’s word for it but it’s still a difficult situation in my mind.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT