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 improve its tactical resources it has signed Richard Lockwood as Head of Race Strategy. Lockwood will work alongside current strategist Randeep Singh.
“Williams in 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 to assist us in the pursuit of our 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, so it will be important to add further depth to the talent we already have here as we head in to 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.”