Williams Racing's Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe has spoke with high praise of departing Head of Vehicle Performance, Rob Smedley. Smedley has been in the position at the team since he moved to the Grove outfit after a nine year stint with Ferrari in 2014.
Smedley announced his departure from the team during the middle of the 2018 season, and former colleague Lowe has said of how he holds great affection and no regrets for Smedley, and said that their relationship together was positive both on and off the circuit.
"It's been fantastic to work with Rob. He's a great guy, and a funny guy as well." Lowe told Autosport. It's been a real pleasure to work with him in the office and particularly on the pit wall."
"We have a really good time out there, even in the depths of poor performance. But Rob is moving on, he wanted to make some changes to his life."
Smedley started his career with Jordan, before moving to Ferrari and becoming famous for his close and comical relationship with former driver Felipe Massa, who also moved to Williams in 2014 until his retirement at the end of 2017. Williams now hope to have a better season in 2019, after very poor performance seen the team finish last with only seven points in 2018.
"We depart with a great relationship between Rob and the team, with no regrets and great affection for the time we have had with him." Lowe commented. "I need to get those things said, otherwise people will make up their own stories."
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