Demaison leaves VW for new role with Williams

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Francois-Xavier Demaison has left Volkswagen after over a decade to become the new technical director of Williams.

Demaison was an integral part of the hugely dominant Polo R WRC car which won four consecutive World Rally Championship cars from 2013 to 2016, before becoming Volkswagen Motorsport’s technical director where he was responsible for all of VW’s motorsport projects.

But now he has decided to start a new challenge with Williams as their new technical director and ‘will take overall responsibility for the technical operation of the business including the design and aerodynamic functions’, according to the team.

“I am really looking forward to joining Williams Racing, as they begin an exciting journey to turn their performance around,” Demaison said.

“It’s going to be a great challenge, but one that I am eager to start.

“They have a great team of talented people, and I hope I can work with them and the senior management team to help carve out a direction for the future, to help the team achieve its ambitions.”

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Demaison will report to Williams CEO Jost Capito and the latter is delighted to be able to welcome him to the team.

“We are delighted to welcome ‘FX’ to the team,” Capito added.

“I have seen his technical capabilities first-hand, and his sporting successes speak for themselves.

“Bringing in someone of his calibre to our already experienced technical team will help drive the future direction of our operation and strengthen our team.

“I have no doubt that his knowledge will contribute to us taking another important step towards our ambitions of winning again.

“At Williams we have an exciting challenge ahead of us, and I look forward to seeing FX contribute as we continue on this journey.”

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