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BREAKING: Jost Capito leaves Williams Racing

Williams' team principal is leaving the team

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After two years of managing the team, Jost Capito is stepping down from his position as Williams’ Team Principal.

In an unexpected announcement, Williams Racing confirmed that both Capito and Technical Director FX Demaison would be leaving the team ahead of the 2023 season.

According to Dorilton Capital’s chairman Matthew Savage, Capito actually postponed his retirement to stay with the team.

Savage commented: “We would like to thank Jost for his hard work and dedication as we embarked on a major transformation process to begin the journey of reviving Williams Racing.

“We’re grateful that Jost postponed his planned retirement to take on this challenge and now he will pass the reins on for the next part of this staged process. We would also like to thank FX for his contribution and wish him all the best for his future as he moves on.”

Impact at the team

Capito joined the team in 2021 following Claire Williams stepping down from her role as Team Principal. It’s been an up-and-down couple of years for the team with Capito at the helm, but he oversaw a lot of progress, both on and off the field.

“It has been a huge privilege to lead Williams Racing for the last two seasons and to lay the foundations for the turnaround of this great team,” said Capito. “I look forward to watching the team as it continues on its path to future success.”

Williams has stated that they will announce their new Team Principal and Techincal Director “in due course”. They aren’t the first team to have a Team Principal retire in the past couple of weeks, with Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto also stepping down following the end of the 2022 season.

One of Capito’s last big choices was choosing to sign Logan Sargeant to the team for 2023. Following the announcement of his retirement, Sargeant thanked Capito for his work at the team.

Sargeant joined the Williams Driver Academy in 2021, before going on to finish fourth in his rookie season of Formula 2. He’ll be America’s first Formula 1 driver since 2015 next year, but Capito won’t be in charge to see that storyline out.

“Jost, thank you for having the trust and belief in me throughout my time in the academy and helping me on my path to F1,” said Sargeant. “He gave me an opportunity to show my potential and race in Formula 2. He has been a great team leader, and I wish him the best in whatever the future may hold.”

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