Williams issue statement as rumour mill fires up over mystery technical director

Thomas Maher
Williams' Alex Albon at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2023.

Williams' Alex Albon at the Austrian Grand Prix. Spielberg, July 2023.

Williams’ long-awaited new technical director may be already signed, according to rumours at Silverstone.

Following on from the departure of F.X. Demaison from the technical director role at Williams over the winter, new team boss James Vowles has taken his time about finding his own feet at Grove while evaluating possible signings.

Vowles has made it clear that, while signing a technical director has been a pressing matter, he has been eager to ensure the signing is the correct one for the long-term future of the Williams squad.

Have Williams found their new technical director?

With Demaison having followed former team boss and CEO Jost Capito out the door of Williams prior to Vowles’ arrival, it’s left a large and glaring vacancy in the technical ranks at Williams.

Recently, Vowles indicated that a new technical director may have already been signed and an announcement of the signing imminent.

The rumours at Silverstone are that former Renault technical director Nick Chester has been signed up by Vowles to lead the technical department at Grove.

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Chester has spent the vast majority of his F1 career at Enstone, with his leading roles seeing him as racing engineer for Lotus and succeeding James Allison as technical director between 2013 and 2019.

Chester then joined the Mercedes Formula E team, working as their technical director from mid-2020.

Chester’s own professional social media profile indicates he is currently working for a “top-tier motorsport team” based in Banbury in the UK – the hub of Andretti’s Formula E team. The understanding is that Chester has been working with Andretti in aiding their preparations for a potential Formula 1 entry through the FIA tender process.

Have Williams confirmed the signing of Nick Chester?

PlanetF1.com approached a Williams spokesperson for comment on the rumours regarding Chester joining their team, with the team choosing to neither confirm nor deny.

“We are actively recruiting for a number of senior positions,” said the spokesperson.

“We will take our time to find the right people for the open roles. We do not comment on rumours on specific people.”

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