Williams announce new managing director

Date published: May 11 2020 - Mark Scott

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Williams has confirmed that Simon Roberts will be joining the team in the newly-created role of F1 managing director.

Roberts has a vast amount of experiencing working in Formula 1 and has held key roles at the likes of McLaren and Force India.

He was announced as McLaren’s operations director and general manager in 2003 before joining Force India as chief operating officer ahead of the 2009 season.

He then returned to McLaren in 2010 and became chief operating officer in 2017.

Now he will start a new chapter with Williams on June 1 and the team are delighted to bring someone of Roberts’ calibre on board.

Claire Williams, deputy team principal, said: “Simon will bring enormous experience and knowledge to the Williams team, and we are delighted that he is joining us when we head back to work after this long enforced F1 shutdown.

“He will lead a highly talented team that’s looking forward to designing and developing the next generation of Williams F1 cars.”

After finishing bottom of the Constructors’ Championship in the last two years, Williams were hoping to showcase their off-season improvements after a slightly more encouraging pre-season testing.

Due to the current climate, they were forced into furloughing some of their staff while the drivers and senior management took pay cuts in order to protect the short-term future of the team.

Hopefully this imminent appointment is a sign that they are close to being fully operational again.

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