Brazilian Grand Prix – Williams have confirmed that Rob Smedley will depart the team in a few weeks time.
The Williams team have released a statement stating that their Head of Performance Engineering, Rob Smedley, will leave the team at the end of this season.
The announcement is being made at a time of transition for the team, who are also losing their title sponsor Martini at the end of this season. Smedley joined Williams at the end of 2013 from Ferrari, having spent years working as Felipe Massa’s race engineer at Ferrari. When Massa left the Scuderia, Smedley took the opportunity to join up with the Brazilian driver at Williams, taking on the elevated role he has held since.
For now, he hasn’t made any decision regarding his future or whether to join another team, saying that he’s going to take some time out to evaluate his future: “After 20 years in Formula One, I feel it’s the right time to reflect on things and evaluate what the next move is. I’m thoroughly looking forward to spending more time with my family before deciding on future opportunities.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Williams. The team has been through great change since I joined in 2014 and it has been a pleasure to have played a part in that. Williams is a very special team within the F1 community and I’m certain that with all the talent that we have here they will go on and do better things. The team will always remain close to my heart.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal added: “It has been a pleasure having Rob in our team for the last four years and we will miss him both personally and professionally. He agreed to join us at a time when our performance was low, and we are grateful that he saw the potential for us to turn things around at that time. During his time with us, he has made a significant contribution to the team through his role, but he’s also been just a great person to have at Grove, inspiring many with his enthusiasm and passion for Formula One.”
“Rob’s been in the sport a long time, so we totally understand and respect his decision to take some well-deserved time out to spend with his wife and boys. We wish him all the best and thank him wholeheartedly for the time, passion and fighting spirit he’s given to Williams.”