F1 News: Williams Announces New Team Principal For 2023 Season
Williams Racing has announced that James Vowles, the current chief strategist for Mercedes, will be taking on the role of team principal starting on February 20th for the F1 2023 season. Vowles has been a prominent figure in the motorsport industry for the past two decades, with experience in both the management of young drivers and the engineering side of the sport.
Vowles expressed his excitement for the opportunity to join a team with such a rich history in the sport.
“I cannot wait to start with Williams Racing. It’s an honor to join a team with such an incredibly rich heritage,” he said. “The team is an icon of our sport, one I greatly respect, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.”
The Williams team was founded by engineer and racing driver Frank Williams in 1966 and reached its peak in the 1980s and 90s, winning nine constructor’s championships and seven driver’s championships. However, the team has seen a steady decline in recent years, finishing in tenth place in the 2022 championship.
Jost Capito, the previous team principal for Williams Racing, stepped down before Christmas.
Matthew Savage, the chairman of Dorilton Capital, which owns Williams Racing, stated:
“We are delighted to welcome James to Williams Racing. He is one of the most highly respected talents in Formula One and will bring performance.”
In addition to Vowles, rookie American driver Logan Sargeant will also be joining the Williams team for the 2023 season alongside Alex Abon. With Vowles at the helm and a strong line-up of drivers, Williams Racing is looking to turn things around and make a comeback in the competitive world of F1.