Williams expands engineering team with new recruits

By on Monday, January 13, 2014
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

Williams has expanded its engineering team after confirming their signing of three members from rival teams.

Jakob Andreasen joins the team from Force India as head of engineering operations, reporting to chief technical officer Pat Symonds.

Craig Wilson, rejoins Williams after a stint at Mercedes, will become head of vehicle dynamics.

Rob Nelson joins from Lotus as chief test and support engineer.

"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," said Symonds.

"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."

Williams revealed earlier on Monday that their 2014 challenger, the Mercedes-powered FW36, is expected to be ready in time for the first test of the year at Jerez on January 28th.

Valtteri Bottas remains with Williams for a second season and he is joined by former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

Williams finished in ninth place last year having amassed five points.

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