It was announced today that Ex-Caterham technical director Mark Smith is due to join Sauber on July 13.
Smith has worked for Jordan, Red Bull, Force India and Caterham in his 10-year F1 career and will join Sauber as its first technical director since 2012 when James Key left for Toro Rosso. He will take responsibility for the overlapping tasks of the heads of car performance, aerodynamics and the design groups that operate at Sauber’s impressive ex-BMW base in Switzerland.
In an interview with the media today, Smith is happy with joining Sauber, is impressed with their facilities and believes that they have the potential to be successful in the future. Smith stated the following:-
‘When I saw the facilities for the first time in Hinwil, I immediately realised the possibilities I would have. 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.’
It is clear that Smith is happy with joining the team and believes that they are a team that have the resources and the potential to be successful in the sport. And with Smith on board; Sauber look to have made a step forward that hopefully will be rewarded in the near future and with his success in the sport so far; Smith could be just what Sauber needs in order to become competitive on the track firstly and secondly, fighting for the highest position possible in Constructors Championship in the near future.
I really hope that is the case and under the influence of Smith can show and prove their doubters wrong on the track; which is where it ultimately matters.