Williams Racing appoints James Vowles as new Staff Principal

Williams Racing is delighted to announce that James Vowles is changing into its new Staff Principal. James will be part of the workforce on 20 February, forward of the primary Grand Prix in Bahrain.

James will turn into solely the third Staff Principal within the 46-year historical past of the Grove squad, after Frank Williams and Jost Capito.

The 43-year-old Brit has been instrumental in securing 9 F1 Constructors’ Championships and has overseen over 120 race victories.

James has loved a 21-year profession so far in Components 1 and can be part of Williams Racing from the Mercedes F1 Staff, the squad he has been with since its inception in 2010. His most up-to-date position on the Brackley-based workforce was as Motorsport Technique Director, a place he held for over 4 years.

Previous to that, he fulfilled key engineering and technique roles at Mercedes and former F1 groups together with Honda Racing, Brawn GP and British American Racing.

“I can not wait to start out with Williams Racing. It is an honour to affix a workforce with such an extremely wealthy heritage. The workforce is an icon of our sport, one I drastically respect, and I’m very a lot wanting ahead to the problem,” stated James.

As race strategist at Brawn, James managed the technique that noticed Williams Racing Model Ambassador Jenson Button safe the 2009 Components 1 World Championship Drivers’ title and the workforce take the Constructors’ Championship – outcomes which have the workforce within the file books as the one F1 workforce in historical past to have an ideal championship file.

In his time with Mercedes, James has been a key contributor to the workforce’s many successes, together with eight Constructors’ Championship victories, six Drivers’ Championships with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s championship-winning season.

Williams Racing started a brand new chapter at first of 2021 underneath new management and there’s an thrilling journey forward for the workforce as we proceed to combat for a return to competitiveness.

Speaking of the brand new appointment, Dorilton Capital Chairman Matthew Savage stated: “We’re delighted to welcome James to Williams Racing.

“He is without doubt one of the most extremely revered skills in Components 1 and can convey efficiency. He has been a key a part of a number of the most spectacular feats within the sport over the previous 15 years.

“As we proceed our relentless pursuit for outcomes, we consider that the appointment of James reinforces our dedication to making sure we’ve energetic, skilled, and robust management as we transfer into the following section of remodeling Williams Racing.”

James added: “Williams Racing have positioned their religion and belief in me, and I’ll do the identical in return. The workforce has great potential, and our journey collectively begins in a matter of weeks.”

Speaking of his departure from Mercedes after over 12 years with the workforce, James stated: “Mercedes have been massively supportive on my journey, and we half on wonderful phrases after over 20 years of working in Brackley.

“I’m grateful for the whole lot Toto [Wolff] and the workforce have offered, and it has been such a particular expertise to journey collectively via failure and success.”

Toto himself had some gracious phrases to say because the information of James’ appointment grew to become public: “Having labored with him since I first joined the workforce in 2013, I understand how diligent, succesful and proficient he’s and have taken nice satisfaction from watching James develop and develop over the previous decade.

“Whereas we’re naturally unhappy to be saying goodbye, we want him each success and are delighted that he’ll take this subsequent step in his profession with Williams, a powerful technical accomplice of ours and one which has a spot near my very own coronary heart.”