Staff reshuffle on the cards at Williams
20 April, 2011
Apr.20 (GMM) Williams shareholder Christian ‘Toto’ Wolff has not ruled out taking a more hands-on role with the struggling British team.
The team’s chairman Adam Parr said in China that after Williams’ worst start to a new season since 1979, staff changes are definitely on the table.
Media reports have focused on the possibility that technical director Sam Michael could lose his job as a result of the poor showing by the team.
But a less reported fact was that Austrian Wolff – whose 10 per cent stake could reportedly increase over time – made a rare visit to the Formula 1 paddock in China last weekend.
Asked by laola1.at if he is pushing for an actual managerial role, he answered, “In Adam Parr we have a strong man who runs the show while I look in mainly from the outside.”
Pressed further, he added, “I have put my foot in the door, and whether this is good or not, we will see.”
Williams have a proud history in F1 having won 9 constructor’s world championships, seven driver’s titles and notched up 113 Grand Prix wins since their debut at the 1978 Argentine GP.