Williams strengthens engineering team for 2014 season 13 January, 2014 Pat Symonds with Valtteri Bottas The Williams F1 Team has expanded its engineering team as part of its on-going work to strengthen the technical leadership structure at Williams ahead of the 2014 Formula One World Championship season. As part of this process, Jakob Andreasen has joined as Head of Engineering Operations and will work under Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds. Previously at Force India, Jakob’s focus will be on better integrating trackside operations with the continued design and development of the Williams-Mercedes FW36 at the factory. Jakob is supported by two further appointments in Craig Wilson, Head of Vehicle Dynamics, and Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer. Craig returns to Williams from Mercedes to strengthen the engineering team in applying vehicle modelling and analysis to help bring further improvements to on-track performance. Rod joins from the Lotus F1 Team to head up the team’s testing programme including leading the group at the factory that provide support and analysis from Grove over all race events. Reporting directly to Jakob, Max Nightingale is promoted to Head of Vehicle Science to ensure a focus on performance within the new structure which will improve the connection between race operations and on-going development work. Pat Symonds, Williams F1 Team Chief Technical Officer, said; “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. 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.” (Press Release) Related NewsSmedley: I did not expect such a quick Williams revivalNo sleep for Williams team evacuated after hotel fireHead applauds Mercedes for allowing drivers to raceWilliams: We were beaten by a faster car and better organised teamWolff sells part share of Williams stakeSmedley out of order in Montreal says HeadWilliams: We’re lucky not to have someone seriously hurtStanford appointed general manager of Williams heritageSymonds: It’s costs that are going to kill Formula 1 and we need to face up to thisWilliams: We apologise, our fans expect us as a team to let our drivers race SteveisGreat Hell yeah Williams! F1 and the fans need you at the front!!! rvsp Williams made a cleaver decision… they have planned everything well in advance and executing them one by one clearly and so far everything going well for them.. New Mercedes engine… got an engineer from SFI who have vast exp dealing with Mercedes engine… test fellow from lotus and for aero from redbull… The Pessimist Williams have certainly picked some really clever guys from other teams but their journey to glory has just begun and it’ll be a while before we see a Williams at the front of the grid. It would be a great achievement if they manage to beat Force India or Sauber in the constructors championship this season. Hawk so do you mean to say that Monisha is having her ass handed to her by Claire? matthew You all have way too much faith in williams. They’re 2nd rate at best, and have been for too long. I don’t hate williams, I truly do want them back in the running, but be realistic guys… they’re going backwards, why promote internally when it was those same people that fail over and over again. I applaud williams for taking care of their workers, (which is more then mclaren would even consider doing) but don’t do it at the cost of your results!