Felipe Massa and his long-time engineer will reunite following the Brazilian’s move to Williams during the off-season.
Smedley too will move to the Grove team despite months of unconvincing denials to the contrary, joining in a newly-created role as the team’s Head of Vehicle Performance.
The Englishman will manage the team’s current race engineers, Andrew Murdoch (engineer to Massa) and Jonathan Eddolls (to Valtteri Bottas), while the scope of his role will aim to “strengthen the trackside team [and those in-house] to help bring more performance to the car throughout the season,” the team confirmed today.
After presumably serving a period of ‘gardening leave’ as he exits Ferrari – with whom he has been for over ten years – the 40-year-old will join Williams in the lead-up to April’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Smedley will also be joined by Richard Lockwood, who moves from Marussia to head up the Race Strategy team.
“Williams is undergoing change and these new appointments reflect how high our ambitions are,” Williams’ Chief Technical Officer, Pat Symonds, said.
“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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