Williams confirmed that Rob Smedley will leave the team at the end of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship season. Rob joined the team in 2014 as Head of Performance Engineering, making his first appearance at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Smedley to leave Williams
confirm that Rob Smedley will leave the team at the end of the 2018 FIA
Formula One World Championship season.
Rob joined the team in 2014 as Head of Performance Engineering, making his
first appearance at the Bahrain Grand Prix to help guide the race operations
team at a time of transition following a poor 2013 campaign. The team went
on to finish third in the Championship for two consecutive years before
finishing fifth in 2016 and 2017.
Commenting on the decision Rob said: “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. After 20 years in Formula One, however, 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.”
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.”
Rob Smedley to leave Williams
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Date: 05/11/2018 10:01
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