Williams increases, adds to engineering depth

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Williams Martini Racing has made some engineering role adjustments and added a couple fresh new faces in its quest to improve for 2015 on the back of its 2014 resurgence.

Felipe Massa will have a new race engineer. Dave Robson joins up from McLaren, where he had been Jenson Button’s engineer, and replaces Andrew Murdoch, who has been promoted to senior performance engineer. Murdoch will lead the performance team at the factory but still remain as part of the trackside team with both cars.

Additional promotions were doled out to Carl Gaden, now senior car systems engineer after 22 years as chief mechanic, and Mark Pattison, who had been Massa’s top mechanic and now promoted to chief mechanic.

“Off the back of a great 2014 campaign Williams is determined to continue this positive momentum into the new season, and these recent changes show our commitment to that goal,” said chief technical officer Pat Symonds.

“We are proud to be able to promote our existing talent to help strengthen every area within our engineering team and we will continue to invest in new talent where necessary to ensure we have the support and resources to achieve our on-track ambitions throughout 2015 and beyond.”

Massa’s teammate Valtteri Bottas will have Jonathan Eddols continue as his race engineer.

This is the second round of staff enhancements Williams has announced this offseason. In December, Steve Nielsen was announced as the team’s new sporting manager.