January 14th, 2014 (F1plus/R. Baillie).- Williams have confirmed that they will attend the first pre-season test in Jerez and announced three hires from rival teams.
The Grove based team confirmed on Twitter that they will take part in the Jerez test at the end of January.
“We'll be on track in Jerez in just over 2 weeks.... and everyone is looking forward to getting going now!” said the team on Twitter.”
Ahead of the 2014 season the nine time constructors champions strengthened their engineering team by recruiting some of Formula One’s ‘best talent’ from rival teams.
Jakob Andreasen joins from Force India as Head of Engineering Operations, Craig Wilson returns to the team from Mercedes as Head of Vehicle Dynamics and Rod Nelson from Lotus as Chief Test & Support Engineer.
Williams also announced the promotion of Max Nightingale to Head of Vehicle Science who will report to Andreasen.
The teams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds believes that the signing of Andreasen, Wilson and Nelson will help the team improve their competitiveness.
“Williams is determined to make strong improvements in our competitiveness over the coming seasons and these new appointments continue our aggressive approach in recruiting some of the sport’s best talent.” Symonds said.
“We are also committed to allowing our existing talent to grow and showcase their skills in senior leadership roles. Our engineering team for the coming season is looking strong and I’m excited about what we can achieve moving forwards.”
The team is yet to announce a launch date for their 2014 challenger.