Smedley out of order in Montreal says Head

Patrick Head

Patrick Head

Williams co-founder, and architect of much of the team’s success, Patrick Head has criticised Rob Smedley’s handling of the Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez incident on their final lap of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Head said, “Any team that starts fourth and fifth on the grid, if you finish with one car seventh you are going to be very disappointed. I saw that Rob Smedley, the operations manager, had criticised Force India, which I think was a bit out of order. But it told me that he was massively disappointed after the race, and I think they would be and should be.”

Head is no longer part of the Williams F1 operation, although remains involved with Williams Hybrid Power Limited.

He also did not mince his words regarding the team’s performance so far this year, “I hope there will be other chances [to win] going forward, but [Canada] was certainly a very good opportunity. Williams have really not achieved what the car is capable of this year, and they know that. Here was another event where that happened.”

“It’s something I’m sure they will put right, but you want to walk away with a lot of points and those are missing a bit at the moment,” added Head. (GP247)