With Williams shining in winter testing Felipe Massa was in upbeat mood at today’s launch of the team’s new livery.
Williams vied with Mercedes for top spot on both speed and mileage completed, and the team looks set to be a pacesetter this year.
Williams has finally confirmed the arrival of Felipe Massa’s long time Ferrari race engineer, Rob Smedley.
He will take up the newly created role of head of vehicle performance.
Williams says that he will “strengthen the trackside team whilst also supporting the development work back at the factory to help bring more performance to the car throughout the season.”
Susie Wolff will run two FP1 sessions for Williams this season in her ongoing role as a development driver, the team has confirmed.
She’ll be the first female driver to take part in official track action on a Grand Prix weekend since Giovanna Amati tried to qualify for three races with Brabham in 1992.
Felipe Massa was quickest for Williams on the final day of the opening 2014 F1 test in Jerez.
Rain for the first half of the day gave drivers the chance to get in wet running, but conditions were better later on. However, a series of red flags disrupted progress, and in effect the overall times were meaningless.