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Mercedes drivers pay tribute to Vowles after Williams announcement

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have paid tribute to Williams-bound James Vowles, who has made the switch to fill the role of Team Principal.

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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have paid tribute to James Vowles, after the longstanding Mercedes man was confirmed as the new Williams Team Principal.

Williams moved to confirm Vowles as their new Team Principal, replacing Jost Capito, bringing an end to a Brackley-based career that exceeded 20 years.

With Vowles playing a strategic role in Mercedes' success in the turbo-hybrid era, the Briton was integral to one of the most dominant periods in Formula One history.

Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Russell took to social media to express their gratitude to Vowles' work at the team.

"Thanks for everything, James. Wishing you well in your new role," Hamilton wrote.

"I am so proud and grateful to have worked with James for the past 10 years. Together we have won over 80 races and 15 titles. This is such a great move and I couldn't be happier for him. We all need change in order to progress and I'm confident that he'll push Williams forward to being more competitive. There is nobody more deserving of this role. Wishing you the best brother."

Russell's personal message to James gave a nod to Vowles' infamous mid-race radio interventions:

"James, it’s George. Congratulations on your new role, thoroughly deserved. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Mercedes and the support you’ve given me along the journey. See you in Bahrain!"


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