James Vowles: Williams recruiting “Big names from big teams”

James Vowles is confident Williams can produce more big results in the foreseeable future. The recently appointed team principal is committed to acquiring the best personnel from across the F1 grid.

After an underwhelming season last year, the FW45 has pushed the British team further up the field. Although the front-runners are well beyond reach, Williams can be pleased with the last twelve month’s progress.

Having spent several years at Mercedes, Vowles is clearly intent on creating a culture of excellence at Grove.

The former race strategist has identified new infrastructure and development facilities as a necessity for the team to become more competitive.

Alongside this (in a similar fashion to Aston Martin), the objective is to accumulate the best engineering talent available.

In an interview with The Mirror, Vowles outlined what to expect from Williams:

“For the remainder of the team, we’ve started to bulk out. 

“We haven’t made it all public, but there are some good hires coming in. 

“It will take time, as always in F1, but across the next 12 months, we’ll see some big names from big teams coming across. 

“That’s what makes me excited. The direction of travel to where we are today – before we’ve even bulked the team in the way I’d like to.”

A lack of investment has limited performance at Williams for two decades, according to James Vowles. Therefore, Alex Albon’s increasingly common points finishes are an impressive feat.

In a field where manufacturers are becoming more active by the year, customer teams must find ways to compete with the best.

Vowles seems more than ready to overcome this task, unphased by the long road that lies ahead.

If the last eight months are anything to go by, there are reasons to be optimistic about the trajectory at Williams F1 Team.

Author: Jaden Diaz-Ndisang