Former race engineer for Felipe Massa at Ferrari, Rob Smedley has been confirmed as Williams head of vehicle performance, a newly created role for the British man.
Williams have said that Smedley "will strengthen the trackside team whilst also supporting the development work back at the factory". However, will not play a part in Felipe Massa's race day unlike his role at Ferrari.
Ferrari attempted to keep hold of Rob Smedley this season but were unable to following the departure of his driver Felipe Massa.
According to an interview with Felipe Massa by Autosport, Massa believes that the appointment will be "a big boost for the Williams F1 team".
Massa continued by saying: "He's somebody that knows me 100 per cent and understands a lot about the car,"
Smedley worked with Massa between the 2006 and 2013 seasons, notching up 11 race wins from 135 races and thirty six podium finishes.
Massa's best championship finish coming in 2008 where he narrowly missed out on the championship to Lewis Hamilton at the final race of the season at Massa's home Grand Prix at Interlagos.
It remains to be seen how Smedley will fit into his new role at the Williams F1 team, however, it's certain to have a positive impact on Williams new F1 driver Massa.
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