The movement among senior technical figures within the smaller teams continues, with much travelled technical director Mark Smith appointed to the role at Sauber beginning on July 13th. This follows the hirings at Manor of some of Smith’s former Caterham colleagues and his old boss at Renault, Bob Bell.
• British engineer will take up post at Swiss-based F1 team on 13 July • ‘When I saw the facilities, I immediately realised the possibilities, …
Sauber F1 had a difficult run up to qualifying as the team rapidly needed to repair damage incurred on Felipe Nasr's car as he crashed in FP3 due to mistakenly opening DRS during his tyre warm-up. Still, they managed to complete the job in time, allowing Nasr to qualify 15th. Team mate Ericsson qualified 3 places higher up.