Smedley confirmed at Williams

Smedley confirmed at Williams

Williams has confirmed that Rob Smedley will join Felipe Massa at the team for the 2014 season, following months of speculation.World © Octane Photographic Ltd.

Smedley will join the Grove-based outfit prior to April’s Bahrain Grand Prix, in the newly created head of vehicle performance role. The Brit makes the switch following ten seasons at Ferrari, after joining F1’s most successful outfit at the end of 2003. He was initially on the Scuderia’s test team, before being promoted to Massa’s race engineer in 2006.

The team says his new role will “strengthen the trackside team whilst also supporting the development work back at the factory to help bring more performance to the car throughout the season.”

Williams also confirmed that Smedley will be supported by Andrew Murdoch, race engineer to Massa, and Jonathan Eddolls, who will continue to work with Valtteri Bottas in 2014.  Richard Lockwood has also joined the team from Marussia as head of race strategy. He will work alongside current strategist Randeep Singh.

“Williams is undergoing change and these new appointments reflect how high our ambitions are,” said chief technical officer Pat Symonds.

“We have a number of senior people joining us to assist us in the pursuit of those ambitions and I am extremely excited to welcome them on-board. 2014 gives us the biggest change to the technical regulations that I have seen in my career, and so it will be important to add further depth to the talent we already have here as we head into the new season.

“Williams has always prided itself on engineering excellence and this latest announcement is part of our continued goal to bring success back to the team.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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