Williams CEO announces intention to retire

Mark Scott
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Jost Capito, Williams’ incoming CEO, has admitted “miracles are not to be expected” as the team aim to improve their fortunes in 2021.

Another high-profile exit at Williams has been announced with CEO Mike O’Driscoll to retire following a transition period under the new ownership.

The crazy Italian Grand Prix at Monza marked the end of an era at Williams as it marked the last race with Sir Frank Williams and daughter, Claire, at the helm.

After 739 races, 114 wins, 312 podiums, 128 pole positions, 3567 points, seven Drivers’ titles and nine Constructor titles, Williams will start a new chapter at the Tuscan Grand Prix in what will be the first race under the guidance of new owners Dorilton Capital.

And set to follow out of the exit door at Williams is Mike O’Driscoll, who has been part of the team set-up since 2011.

“It has been and remains a huge privilege to be part of this great team,” O’Driscoll said as part of Williams’ official statement.

“I am proud to have played my part in securing the long-term future of Williams and look forward to working closely with Matthew and his team, to ensure a smooth transition and the best possible trajectory for the team’s future success.”

Chairman of Dorilton Capital and Williams, Matthew Savage, added: “Mike has made a huge contribution as CEO, working alongside the Williams family since the IPO in 2011.

“He has steered the corporate side of the group admirably through challenging times and has been invaluable in preparing Williams for the next exciting phase.”

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Claire Williams was gifted the front nose and wing assembly from the Williams FW36 after her final race as deputy team principal.

At the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Williams scored a double podium finish with Felipe Massa finishing P2 ahead of Valtteri Bottas in P3.

Claire Williams views that result as one of the highlights of her tenure, and now she will have a physical gift to remember it by.

“I think if I’m looking at the racetrack, for me, personally, taking that finish in Abu Dhabi in 2014 I will forever cherish,” she is quoted by the Formula 1 website.

“The team gave me a present, and it was the nose and front wing assembly from that [FW36] car.

“Our time in that sport has been so magical. For me [it’s] the people I will miss.

“We’ve always had great relationships up and down the paddock but the people in this team have been what has inspired us in this sport. they’ve been fantastic and it’s those guys we’ll miss the most, that we’ll get the most memories from.”

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