The Williams F1 Team is steadily shoring up its technical resources, and overnight it announced a significant number of new hirings as it attempts to rebuild after the worst season in its illustrious history.
Former Force India engineer Jakob Andreasen joins the team as the outfit’s Head of Engineering Operations, and he will be joined by Craig Wilson and Rod Nelson, who both return to the team after stints at Mercedes and Lotus respectively.
Within the team, Max Nightingale has earned a promotion to the position of the team’s Head of Vehicle Science.
All will report under Pat Symonds, who himself joined the team as its Chief Technical Officer midway through 2013, replacing Mike Coughlan.
“Williams is determined to make strong improvements in our competitiveness over the coming seasons and these new appointments continue our aggressive approach in recruiting some of the sport’s best talent,” Symonds said of the team’s latest appointments.
“We are also committed to allowing our existing talent to grow and showcase their skills in senior leadership roles. Our engineering team for the coming season is looking strong and I’m excited about what we can achieve moving forwards.”
One key departure from Williams is race engineer Xevi Pujolar, who engineered Pastor Maldonado’s car last year. He has moved across to Scuderia Toro Rosso, where he will serve as the senior race engineer to Jean-Éric Vergne.
One name not yet mentioned in all of this reshuffling and hiring is that of Rob Smedley, Felipe Massa’s long-serving race engineer, who is hotly tipped to follow the Brazilian to the Grove outfit.