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James Vowles at Williams

BREAKING NEWS: James Vowles is leaving Mercedes to join Williams as Team Principal

Vowles will leave Mercedes after more than a decade and many trophies under his belt

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Williams F1 team appointed their third Team Principal in the 46-year history of the team. James Vowles will move from his position as Motorsport Strategy Director at Mercedes to Williams as Team Principal.

Toto Wolff and James Vowles
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James Vowles has 21 years of Formula One experience to date. He worked with Honda Racing, Brawn GP and British American Racing. The last team he worked with was Mercedes. He held the position of Motorsport Strategy Director for over four years.

In total, he has nine constructors’ championships and over 120 race wins to his name.

He will replace Jost Capito, who worked as Williams’ Team Principal for one and a half years.

Williams’ future

Vowles will join Williams from 20 February. This is before the first Grand Prix in Bahrain but after the unveiling of their new Challenger on 6 February.

Vowles explained, according to Williams:

“I cannot wait to start with Williams Racing. It’s an honour to join a team with such an incredibly rich heritage. The team is an icon of our sport, one I greatly respect, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.

“Williams Racing have placed their faith and trust in me, and I will do the same in return. The team has tremendous potential, and our journey together starts in a matter of weeks.”

Dorilton Capital Chairman Matthew Savage stated:

“We are delighted to welcome James to Williams Racing.

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

“As we continue our relentless pursuit for results, we believe that the appointment of James reinforces our dedication to ensuring we have energetic, experienced, and strong leadership as we move into the next phase of transforming Williams Racing.”

Vowles’ departure from Mercedes

Vowles has worked for Mercedes for over 10 years. It wasn’t easy to say goodbye,especially because Vowles worked with Valtteri Bottas on iconic team radios like: “Valtteri, it’s James…”.

Toto Wolff, Mercedes Team Boss, explained:

“While we are naturally sad to be saying goodbye to such a capable member of the team, I have no doubts whatsoever that he has all the necessary skills to become a fantastic Team Principal in Formula One.

“We wish him every success and are delighted that he will take this next step in his career with Williams, a strong technical partner of ours and one that has a place close to my own heart.”

We’re excited about the new times at Williams.

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