On the back of their impressive 2014 Formula 1 season, when Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa secured third place in the Constructors’ Championship, the Williams F1 Team have announced they have strengthened their engineering team for 2015.
Andrew Murdoch, who was the race engineer for Massa, has found himself promoted to the role of Senior Performance Engineer, where he will lead the Performance Group at the factory, bringing through new techniques and processes to ensure that the Williams team continues to improve their cars during the season. During race weekends, he will continue to be trackside, with his focus on Bottas’ car.
Taking Murdoch’s place as Massa’s race engineer is Dave Robson, who has joined the team having left McLaren where he had been working with Jenson Button since 2010. Jonathan Eddolls remains in the role of race engineer for Bottas.
Carl Gaden, Chief Mechanic for Williams for the past 22 years, has been promoted to the role of Senior Car Systems Engineer, while his Chief Mechanic post has been filled by Mark Pattinson, formerly Number 1 Mechanic to Massa.
Chief Technical Officer of Williams Pat Symonds insisted the moves to strengthen the team were to try and keep the positive momentum going into 2015, so to build on the impressive performances that occurred in 2014.
“Off the back of a great 2014 campaign Williams is determined to continue this positive momentum into the new season, and these recent changes show our commitment to that goal,” said Symonds. “We are proud to be able to promote our existing talent to help strengthen every area within our engineering team and we will continue to invest in new talent where necessary to ensure we have the support and resources to achieve our on-track ambitions throughout 2015 and beyond.
“Our engineering team for the coming season is looking strong and I’m excited to get the new season underway.”