Williams announce Mercedes strategy chief James Vowles as new team boss

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Williams has revealed that Mercedes strategist James Vowles will replace Jost Capito as the team’s new boss, completing the recent round of managerial changes in F1.

Both Capito and FX technical director Demaison left Williams in December after a 2022 season in which the team ranked bottom of the F1 constructors’ standings, scoring just eight points.

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Capito’s exit came amid a flurry of moves that saw Frederic Vasseur replace Mattia Binotto at Ferrari, Andreas Seidl leave McLaren to fill Vasseur’s vacancy at Alfa Romeo, and Andrea Stella in turn take the place. of Seidl.

And on Friday, Williams confirmed that Capito – who joined the team at the end of 2020 – was to be replaced by Vowles, a former chief strategist at Mercedes.


Vowles will look to guide Williams up the rankings over the next few seasons

Vowles enjoyed a 21-year career in F1, representing the Silver Arrows since 2010 and serving as director of motorsport strategy for the past four years. He previously held key engineering and strategy roles at Mercedes, Brawn GP, ​​Honda and BAR.

Vowles, who also worked with Williams brand ambassador Jenson Button during their winning days at Brawn, will join Operation Grove on February 20, ahead of the 2023 season opener in Bahrain.

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“I can’t wait to get started with Williams Racing. It’s an honor to join a team with such an incredibly rich heritage. rise to the challenge,” Vowles said.

“Williams Racing has placed its faith and trust in me, and I will do the same in return. The team has huge potential and our journey together begins in a few weeks.


Vowles played key role in Jenson Button and Brawn GP success in 2009

Dorilton Capital Chairman Matthew Savage added: “We are delighted to welcome James to Williams Racing.

“He is one of the most respected talents in Formula 1 and will bring performance. He has played a key role in some of the sport’s most impressive feats over the past 15 years.

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“As we continue our relentless pursuit of results, we believe James’ appointment reinforces our resolve to ensure we have energetic, experienced and strong leadership as we enter the next phase of transformation at Williams Racing.”

Earlier this week, Williams shared plans for a “season kickoff” on February 6, which will involve Alex Albon and new teammate Logan Sargeant showing off the outfit’s 2023 livery.


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