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Williams recruits Button's engineer to work with Massa

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Dave Robson moves from McLaren to Williams © Sutton Images

Williams has poached Jenson Button's old race engineer from McLaren to work with Felipe Massa this season.

Dave Robson was Button's engineer from 2010 to midway through last year, but has now joined Williams to work under head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley. Robson's appointment has kicked off a reshuffle in the Williams engineering department with Andrew Murdoch, Massa's old engineer, being promoted to senior performance engineer, a largely factory-based role but one that will also see him work with Valtteri Bottas at the track.

Jonathan Eddolls remains as Bottas' race engineer while Carl Gaden has been promoted from chief mechnanic - a role he has held for 22 years - to senior car systems engineer. Mark Pattinson, previously No.1 mechanic to Massa, will take over the role of chief mechanic.

"Off the back of a great 2014 campaign Williams is determined to continue this positive momentum into the new season, and these recent changes show our commitment to that goal," chief technical officer Pat Symonds said. "We are proud to be able to promote our existing talent to help strengthen every area within our engineering team and we will continue to invest in new talent where necessary to ensure we have the support and resources to achieve our on-track ambitions throughout 2015 and beyond. Our engineering team for the coming season is looking strong and I'm excited to get the new season underway."

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