Williams secure another major backroom signing

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Williams has secured yet another backroom signing ahead of the 2014 Formula One season in the form of Force India’s chief race engineer Jakob Andreasen.

Andreasen has held many senior engineering roles within Formula One, working as Jenson Button’s engineer at McLaren before his move to Force India. However, as reported by Adam Cooper, it appears that he has decided that the time is right to leave the team and move to Williams, becoming yet another big-name backroom signing.

Following a disappointing season, the team has taken an aggressive approach for 2014 that was first signalled by the arrival of Marussia’s Pat Symonds as chief technical officer. Symonds was part of the championship winning teams at Benetton and Renault, and his presence has already been felt at Williams.

Further to that, Ferrari’s Rob Smedley is poised to join the team as a replacement for Toro Rosso-bound Xevi Pujolar. Smedley will assume the role of chief race engineer, meaning that he will work with Ferrari colleague Felipe Massa upon the Brazilian’s move to Williams at the end of the year.

Andreasen will work in tandem with Smedley, but the Dane will take up more of a factory-based role.

Williams has certainly assembled an impressive team for next season as it looks to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in 2013. The change in regulations for 2014 could give the team a chance to respond in style, and with an experienced engineering team in place, the future appears to be bright for Williams.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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