Sam Michael admits he could lose job
19 April, 2011
Apr.19 (GMM) Williams technical director Sam Michael has admitted he could lose his job as the team restructures following their worst start to a F1 world championship season since 1979.
In China, during the third round of the 2011 championship, the Oxfordshire based team’s chairman Adam Parr refused to deny mounting speculation that Michael was facing the axe.
“If Sam thought that the right thing for the team is for him to stop, he’d stop tomorrow. He will do whatever is necessary for the team,” he said.
The National quotes Michael as admitting that Williams’ current situation is not tenable.
“What I would not be happy with doing would be not changing anything – even myself,” he said.
Until then, Michael’s current contract runs for the rest of the season, so his focus for now is reintroducing for Barcelona the Red Bull-style exhaust system that did not work when tested in Shanghai. And a major upgrade package is scheduled for the next race in Turkey.
“We are introducing a modified floor, new front wing, new rear wing and new brake ducts to both cars. We expect this to give us a few tenths to help our drivers get into the top ten,” said Michael.