Jost Capito still stays in touch with former team management at Williams, as he continues to acclimatise to life with the Grove-based team.
Capito has taken over as the CEO of Williams following the sale of the team last summer, with the Williams family selling up to leave Formula 1 behind. US investment company Dorilton Capital purchased the team, with Capito appointed to his new role in December.
With the team suddenly owned by a much bigger and better resourced company than previously, Capito said his main aim so far has been to ensure the feeling of 'family' remains at Williams.
“Since I was unable to attend Grove, I arranged meetings from half an hour to 45 minutes. Meetings via Teams, video calls with all managers," Capito explained to Motorsport Netherlands.
"I have now done more than fifty and I have asked everyone the same time and time again. One question was, "What should we cherish and why?"
"And the answer was invariably - whether new co-workers or people who have been there for a long time - that Williams is all about family, how we treat people, how people are treated, and how we work together.
"I was really happy to hear that from everyone, because that's my management style. You have to operate as a family. That doesn't just mean fun times. We all have family and not every day is fun. But it does mean a very strong bond: you do everything for your family.”
To that end, Capito has stayed in touch former day-to-day boss Claire Williams, who ran the team as Deputy Team Principal for her father Sir Frank. Capito said that her advice, as well as that of former Technical Director and team advisor Sir Patrick Head, has helped bridge the gap as the team finds its feet.
“I am in contact with both," confirmed Capito. "With Claire and with Patrick. I've known Claire for a few years now and Patrick I've known for a long time.
"It's not that I'm trying to extract background information from them about this or that. We talk about things I want to know, things I need to know. I have a very good relationship with both. ”