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Technical director Mark Smith parts company with Caterham

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Caterham has parted company with its technical director Mark Smith as part of a restructuring of the technical side of the team.

Caterham has made a slow start to the season and has lost ground to rivals Marussia under the new technical regulations. Smith will leave the team and be replaced by a "technical committee" of John Iley, Jody Egginton and Gerry Hughes that will all report directly to team boss Cyril Abiteboul.

"First I would like to thank Mark for his time and dedication to the development of our team since he first joined in 2011," Abiteboul said. "We and Mark part company on good terms and with our best wishes for the future. It was obviously a tough decision to see someone of Mark's calibre go, but we have identified the need to restructure as a key aspect of increasing our on-track performance and forming a new Technical Committee composed of John, Jody and Gerry will allow us to do exactly that.

"After investing last year in our new factory, and over the winter in aerodynamic development capacity, the new structure gives three specialists we are lucky to have with us the opportunity to use their experience, passion and dedication to help us progress. We are not happy with our current performance levels and John, Jody and Gerry, with my full support and that of our shareholders, staff and partners, are the right people to help take us forward."

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