Posted on February 25, 2014

Following months of speculation that Rob Smedley would follow Felipe Massa to Williams F1, the former Ferrari engineer has today been announced as Head of Vehicle Performance at the Grove squad. He will join the team between the Malaysian and Bahrain Grands Prix. Smedley will take up a newly created position in the team, working alongside engineers trackside while assisting with the of the FW36 development across the season. His engineering experience will also see him support Andrew Murdoch and Jonathan Eddolls, the respective race engineers of Massa and Valtteri Bottas. The team also announced that in an effort to More…

Posted on October 5, 2011

Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis has promised a more aggressive car from the Scuderia next season, as it looks to close the gap to the pace setting Red Bull. Over the winter of 2010/11 Ferrari went too conservative under the technical leadership of Aldo Costa, leaving some ideas untested in a generally risk averse strategy. McLaren went the opposite way with initially calamitous consequences, of the kind Costa was trying to avoid, but they changed direction before the first race and got the car on track. However they, like Ferrari, have been playing catch up all year. Meanwhile Red Bull More…

Posted on September 1, 2011

Once again JA on F1 is reaching out to F1 fans around the world to dig deep for a very worthy cause. Felipe Massa’s race engineer, Rob Smedley and his wife Lucy are hosting a fund raising evening for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Middlesborough, which looks after very small children suffering from life threatening conditions. The Smedleys lost a baby a few years ago. The fundraiser is taking place in Middlesborough tomorrow night and details of how to attend are below. But fans anywhere in the world are able to bid for the fantastic auction prizes listed below. There More…

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