Formula 1

James Vowles Appointed Williams Team Principal

Jost Capito has been replaced as team principal by James Vowles.

Capito left Williams after two years in charge in December.
During Mercedes’ title-winning streak from 2014 to 2021, Vowles led the strategy group.
The new team principal of Formula One’s basement team is one of the architects of Mercedes’ dominant streak.
James Vowles, Mercedes’ Strategy Director, will start as Williams’ Formula One Team Principal on February 20, three days before preseason testing begins.
Vowles takes over for Jost Capito, who left the company in December after two years in charge.
Vowles, 43, started his Formula One career with BAR Honda in the 2000s and stayed with the team as it evolved into Honda, Brawn GP, and finally Mercedes.
He was the de facto on-site leader during the rare weekends when boss Toto Wolff was not present, and led Mercedes’ strategy group during its eight-year F1 Constructors’ Championships from 2014 to 2021.
“It’s an honor to be a part of a team with such a rich history,” said Vowles. “The team is an icon of our sport, one I greatly respect, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge. Mercedes has been extremely supportive throughout my journey, and we parted on good terms after over 20 years of working in Brackley. I am grateful for everything Toto and the team have done for me, and it has been such a special experience to travel through failure and success with them.
“Williams Racing has put their faith and trust in me, and I will reciprocate. Williams has enormous potential, and our journey together begins in a few weeks.”
“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,” Wolff said.
Williams finished last in the 2022 Constructors’ Championship standings for the fourth time in five seasons. It will begin the season with a partially revised driver lineup of Alexander Albon and Logan Sargeant, the country’s first driver on the grid since Alexander Rossi in 2015.
Williams will unveil its 2023 livery on February 6 in a virtual ceremony ahead of the car’s on-track debut in Bahrain a few weeks later.