James Vowles Appointed as Williams Team Principal - Wheel Sports

James Vowles Appointed as Williams Team Principal

Williams have announced this morning that they are announcing James Vowles as their new Team Principal from the 20th of February. A strong appointment as James has a wealth of experience as a former engineer and also chief strategist at Mercedes, and previously Brawn, as well as it’s incarnation as BAR and Honda.

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In it’s statement Williams said:

Williams Racing is delighted to announce that James Vowles is becoming its new Team Principal. James will join the team on 20 February, ahead of the first Grand Prix in Bahrain. 

James will become only the third Team Principal in the 46-year history of the Grove squad, after Frank Williams and Jost Capito. 

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

James has enjoyed a 21-year career to date in Formula 1 and will join Williams Racing from the Mercedes F1 Team, the squad he has been with since its inception in 2010. His most recent role at the Brackley-based team was as Motorsport Strategy Director, a position he held for over four years. 

Prior to that, he fulfilled key engineering and strategy roles at Mercedes and former F1 teams including Honda Racing, Brawn GP and British American Racing. 

“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,” said James

Read the full statement.