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Williams secures new Chief Technical Officer

Team Principal, James Vowles, says the team now has a full management structure in place.

Williams has secured a new Chief Technical Officer according to Team Principal James Vowles, but have yet to announce who has taken up the role. The team has been without a CTO since the departure of Paddy Lowe in 2019 and started the current season without a Technical Director, after FX Demaison left the team at the end of 2022. Vowles confirmed that a full management structure is in place and that the new CTO will cover the role of Technical Director in the interim. “The CTO we are bringing onboard has tremendous experience in that domain and will act as a TD for the period of time required to build up a new TD or bring one in from the outside," Vowles told F1.com . “It’s a positive state whereby I’m confident we have the technical structure in place to move us forward over the next two to four years. “We still have other areas of the business I’m bolstering, including aero, but irrespective for now that was the major hurdle I wanted to clear out.”

Vowles bolstering aero department

Much has been made of the upgrades the team brought to Canada, which enabled Alex Albon to put in a "drive of champions" and finish seventh for the team. Those upgrades have made their way to Logan Sargeant's car in Austria after the team fast-tracked them following their positive outcome in Montreal. Vowles says his next task will be finding a new Head of Aerodynamics, as they look to continue their momentum. “Aero itself are performing, the update is their handiwork,” said Vowles. “It’s on the car and it’s performing. So, we are delivering performance, but it’s quite a significant change we are applying to that organisation. “In terms of workflow, how they think, how they structure themselves, it won’t dramatically change the output in as much as downforce, it’ll just change some of the characteristics of the car. “We’re actively looking for a head of aero, and it’s just highlighting one that fits in with our organisation. The way I’ve always performed is you bring in, for example in this case a CTO, and let them ensure they structure the team they want, as it will fall on their shoulders ultimately."