Tag Archive: Rob Smedley

Oct 06

Questions being asked after Bianchi crash

“The light was low and the track was slippery and that’s why I was caught out” – Adrian Sutil

2014-02-19_0004 - Marussia F1 Team - Bahrain - Jules Bianchi With the extent of Jules Bianchi’s injuries still unclear, F1 is already turning its attention to the controversial circumstances surrounding his accident that stopped the wet Japanese grand prix on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 24

Williams settled for Mercedes defeat – Smedley

Williams settled for defeat to Mercedes in Austria, despite dominating qualifying at the Red Bull Ring

09 - Williams F1 Team Chief engineer Rob Smedley told Spain’s EFE news agency that the Grove team was “not without problems” as it returned to the podium with Valtteri Bottas’ third place behind the two Mercedes. Read the rest of this entry »

May 14

Smedley happy to leave Ferrari wind tunnel

Smedley, 40, is now Williams’ ‘head of performance engineering’.

2011-03-22 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Rob Smedley - Felipe Massa Former Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley says it is nice to finally be working in formula one with a wind tunnel that works. Read the rest of this entry »

May 12

Massa says Williams can hold off McLaren

“We can fight against Force India and McLaren”

2014-04-05 - Williams F1 Team - Bahrain - Felipe Massa 01 Williams is eyeing the next scalp, after scooping up the similarly Mercedes-powered McLaren at the Spanish grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

Smedley joins Williams team in Bahrain

Rob Smedley is finally starting work at Williams.

2014-03-16 - Williams F1 Team - Australia - Felipe Massa 01 More than a month ago, the British team confirmed long speculation the 40-year-old Briton, famous for his close relationship with Felipe Massa at Ferrari, will soon become ‘head of vehicle performance’ at Grove. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 25

Williams on Tuesday finally confirmed long speculation Rob Smedley is joining the British team.

Smedley joins Massa at Williams

2011-03-22 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Rob Smedley - Felipe Massa It has been a poorly-kept paddock secret that the 40-year-old, famous for his close relationship with Felipe Massa as race engineer at Ferrari, was set to follow his Brazilian colleague and friend to Williams this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 25

Williams bolsters race operations line-up for the 2014 season

“Williams is undergoing change” – Pat Symonds

09 - Williams F1 TeamWilliams has bolstered its senior race operations line-up as it prepares for the 2014 Formula One World Championship season, with the appointments of Rob Smedley and Richard Lockwood. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 23

Smedley won’t be Massa’s race engineer at Williams

Felipe Massa will not be reuniting with his usual race engineer in 2014.

2011-03-22 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Rob Smedley - Felipe Massa There has been speculation that, because both Brazilian Massa and his well-known, long-time race engineer Rob Smedley are moving from Ferrari to Williams, they might reunite in their old working relationship at the Grove based team. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18

Raikkonen meets new engineer at Maranello

He met up with his new race engineer, Antonio Spagnolo

2013-05-12 - Scuderia Ferrari - Spain - Kimi Raikkonen - Fernando Alonso - Stefano Domenicalli - Felipe Massa Kimi Raikkonen has made his first appearance since undergoing back surgery a month ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 29

Lead Sauber engineer flees to Force India

Amid rumours of possible mergers

2013-02-23 - Sauber F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Hulkenberg 03Nico Hulkenberg is expected to flee to Force India, and Sauber is now also losing its chief engineer to the Silverstone based team. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Williams has admitted Rob Smedley could be the next big name to join the beleaguered British team

Williams hints Smedley to be next signing

2011-03-22 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Rob Smedley - Felipe MassaAs it announced that Felipe Massa is joining the team from Ferrari for 2014, deputy team boss Claire Williams said “a number of announcements” will also shortly follow. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 24

Di Resta uncertain and unwell in India

Paul di Resta is unwell in India, it emerged on Thursday.

2013-06-05-0185Earlier, it was no surprise in the Buddh circuit when word got around that reserve driver James Calado will be driving the Scot’s car in initial Friday practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Ferrari plays down Massa’s team orders defiance

“Multi-function strategy A.  Now, please”

13-06-08_0089 Ferrari has played down Felipe Massa’s refusal to obey a direct team order in Sunday’s Japanese grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 10

Raikkonen engineer Slade not moving to Ferrari

The Finn worked with Slade initially at McLaren

2011-03-12 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Mark SladeKimi Raikkonen’s race engineer Mark Slade will not follow him from Lotus to Ferrari, it has emerged. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 16

For the first time in more than 40 years, F1 could be without a Brazilian driver in 2014

Fittipaldi tips ‘another team’ to sign Massa

2013-06-09_0026Felipe Massa has lost his seat at Ferrari, but his manager Nicolas Todt is hoping Lotus will sign him as Kimi Raikkonen’s replacement. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 13

Massa’s engineer Smedley to also leave Ferrari – report

Smedley has been linked with a return to Williams for 2014

2011-03-22 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Rob Smedley - Felipe MassaKimi Raikkonen’s return to Ferrari could spell the end of race engineer Rob Smedley’s career at the Italian team. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 04

Felipe Massa is now almost back to his best form, the Brazilian’s race engineer Rob Smedley insists.

Massa almost back to his best now – Smedley

2012-06-10_10392012-06-10_055231-year-old Massa’s form was so low earlier this season that some seasoned pundits were predicting Ferrari would have to oust him long before his contract expires at the end of the year.

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Jun 05

Massa to use Monaco setup in Canada

In spite of the diametrically opposed lines of Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

2011-06-08_00392012-05-27 - Scuderia Ferrari - Monaco - Felipe Massa 02Although the complete opposite of Monaco, Felipe Massa on Tuesday was bound for Canada with his mind still firmly on the famous Principality. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Steve Clark moves from Mercedes to Ferrari – reports

The Ferrari team is congregating this week at Madonna di Campiglio, an Italian ski resort, for its annual pre-season media event.

Scuderia Ferrari logo2011-11-13 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Abu Dhabi - Felipe Massa 1One of the first pieces of news to emerge from the Dolomites is the move from Mercedes of Steve Clark to the famous Italian squad. Briton Clark was Brackley based Mercedes GP’s highly respected senior technical advisor.

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Oct 05

Smedley radio call ‘not malicious’ – Ferrari

“It might not have been the most politically correct choice of word”

2011-09-24 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Singapore - Felipe Massa - 012011-09-23 - Singapore - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 02Ferrari insists Felipe Massa’s engineer Rob Smedley was not “malicious” when he ordered the Brazilian to “destroy” Lewis Hamilton’s race recently in Singapore.

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Sep 08

FIA would be ‘wise’ to go easy on Ferrari – Hill

The FIA would not be “wise” to severely punish Ferrari at Wednesday’s disciplinary hearing.

Damon HillThat is the opinion of 1996 world champion Damon Hill, who at Spa in 1998 won the Belgian grand prix after then team boss Eddie Jordan ordered teammate Ralf Schumacher to hold station. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

Ferrari duo to attend team orders hearing by video

After Wednesday’s hearing, it is expected the verdict will be published later that day.

2010-07-24 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Felipe Massa - Fernando AlonsoFerrari race drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will address Wednesday’s FIA disciplinary hearing by video link. It emerged last week that the pair, accused of obeying illegal team orders by swapping places at Hockenheim in July, had been summoned to the World Motor Sport Council session in Paris. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

New radio evidence supports Ferrari team order charge

Language was in fact a pre-arranged code that Massa understood

2010-08-01 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 6New radio evidence might indicate that Ferrari will have a difficult task convincing the FIA that it did not deploy illegal team orders at Hockenheim. The famous Italian team will face the governing body’s new disciplinary panel in Paris in September, after Felipe Massa moved over for his teammate Fernando Alonso during the German race. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Ferrari can ‘relax’ ahead of World Council – Briatore

“I don’t believe Ferrari did anything wrong”

Piquet Briatore AlonsoFlavio Briatore does not think Ferrari will be heavily punished by the FIA for the Hockenheim team orders affair. The governing body is set to consider the matter no later than September 10 at its scheduled World Motor Sport Council meeting in Como, Italy. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Media, F1, goes to war on Alonso, Ferrari and team orders

 “The ones who pay us are the team, not the newspapers or anyone else” -Alonso

F1’s harsh spotlight of the international media is shining on Ferrari and Fernando Alonso, but also the regulation prohibiting team orders. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 25

Sticky: Team order scandal erupts as Ferrari wins in Germany (updated³)

Ferrari summoned by stewards amid team orders scandal
Ferrari fined $100,000, to face FIA World Council
Ferrari not appealing stewards’ team order verdict

2010-07-24 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Fernando Alonso 01Sunday’s German grand prix began amid a burgeoning flexible wing saga, and ended with a new scandal about team orders. After a team one-two, and soaked in champagne, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali was hounded in the Hockenheim pitlane by reporters accusing him of illegally ordering Felipe Massa to hand his victory to Fernando Alonso. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Massa’s engineer Smedley to work with Badoer

Smedley’s F1 career began at Jordan

Convalescing Ferrari driver Felipe Massa’s regular race engineer Rob Smedley will work with Luca Badoer at the European grand prix and beyond, it emerged on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 28

Massa strategy not ‘silly’ – engineer

Felipe Massa’s race engineer has played down suggestions

The Brazilian benefitted from a very light fuel load to dominate qualifying in Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »