Date: 26th February 2014 at 11:57am
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Felipe Massa’s former Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley, has finally joined the Brazilian at Williams.

For 2014 Williams have already installed new technical director Pat Symonds who is overseeing further changes in engineering staff.

40-year-old Smedley, who has been linked with a move from Ferrari to Williams for many months, will become head of Williams race operations as head of vehicle performance, a position more senior to the one he held at Ferrari.

He will officially join the team in April ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The newly formed position will run alongside that of former McLaren and Force India engineer Jakob Andreasen, who joined Williams in January as head of engineering operations.

Whilst new signing Richard Lockwood, who made the move from Marussia holds the position of head of race strategy, with Race Engineers Andrew Murdoch [Felipe Massa], and Jonathan Eddolls [Valtteri Bottas].

‘Williams is undergoing change and these new appointments reflect how high our ambitions are,’ Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds told

‘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.’