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Williams reorganise engineering team ahead of 2013 season 04 Feb 2013

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams with Xevi Pujolar (ESP) Williams Race Engineer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2012 Race winner Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 13 May 2012 Mike Coughlan (GBR) Williams Technical Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 5 October 2012

Williams have announced that Pastor Maldonado’s former race engineer Zevi Pujolar will take on the newly-created role of chief race engineer at the team.

Pujolar, who engineered Maldonado to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix last year, will be supported during the 2013 season by Andrew Murdoch and Jonathan Eddolls - the race engineers for Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas, respectively.

The reorganisation of technical staff at the Grove-based team follows the departure of former chief operations officer Mark Gillan at the end of last year.

Commenting on the new race operations line-up, Williams’ technical director Mike Coughlan said: ‘’2013 will be an important year for Williams and I’m pleased to announce a refreshed technical team that has the talent to help move us further up the grid. Xevi has proven himself to be a highly capable and experienced race engineer and his promotion to chief race engineer was a natural progression.”

Williams launch their 2013 car, the FW35, on February 19 in Barcelona. The team will begin pre-season testing this week with last year’s car, the FW34, fitted with their latest development parts.

“We took the decision to launch our FW35 in Barcelona for a number of reasons," explained Coughlan. "We have already spent a great deal of time rig testing key areas of the new car for reliability, including doing over 3000 kilometres on the gearbox and rear suspension and 7000 kilometres on our 2013 KERS, and we are happy with the results we have seen.

"Our cars also passed all mandatory crash tests for 2013 and so were fully FIA homologated earlier this year. Our focus for track testing is to work on developing our aerodynamic package with extra time and resource now being available in the wind tunnel for a further upgraded race package ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.”

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