Massa and Smedley won’t be reunited at Williams
22 January, 2014
The long association between Felipe Massa and race engineer Rob Smedley is done and dusted, as Williams have appointed a new engineer for the Brazilian in 2014.
Williams revealed on Twitter: “Andrew Murdoch will be Race Engineer for @Felipe1Massa in 2014 whilst Jonathan Eddolls will continue with @ValtteriBottas.”
Murdoch was race engineer for departed Pastor Maldonado in 2013.
Massa and Smedley had a high profile relationship during there years together at Maranello, which came close to netting the Formula 1 World Championship in 2008.
At the 2010 German Grand Prix, Smedley infamously relayed the command “Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand that message?”
Smedley’s radio transmissions to Massa have achieved a certain cult status, with many Ferrari fans putting his messages on their mobile phones as ringtones.
Massa was axed by Ferrari at the end of last season. He has been replaced by Kimi Raikkonen. Williams were quick to sign the Brazilian who has 11 grand prix wins to his credit.
There was speculation that Smedley may have been tempted to follow Massa to Williams, but it appears that he will be staying on at Ferrari, in a yet to be determined role. (GP247)
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