Williams Appoint Simon Roberts Acting Team Principal

The Italian Grand Prix was the team’s final race under the leadership of the Williams family.

Williams Racing have appointed Simon Roberts as acting team principal, hot on the heels of Claire Williams standing down from her role as deputy team principal of the team.

In a statement, the constructor said Roberts would serve as team principal “during this transitional period” for the Williams F1 team.

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Roberts joined the team as managing director just a few months ago.

Prior to joining Williams, he served as the chief operating officer (COO) of Mclaren.

Commenting on his new role, Roberts said he is looking forward to the challenge of making Williams a frontrunning F1 team once again.

“It is an exciting time ahead for the team, a new era for Williams and one that I am excited to be playing a part in.

“I look forward to the challenge ahead as we look to take the team back to the front of the grid.”

Chief executive officer Mike O’Driscoll is poised to retire, but he will continue to serve in his role until necessary to help “support the smooth transition of ownership through this year and ensure the team is well-positioned to build for the future.”

Williams Racing was acquired by American investment company Dorilton Capital last month.

The team’s new owners have said they recognise the value of the Williams name in Formula One and have no intention of rebranding the constructor.

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