Williams Racing has appointed former Volkswagen motorsport boss Jost Capito as its new chief executive officer, a responsibility the German will take on from February 1, 2021.
Williams also confirmed on Thursday that interim team principal Simon Roberts has been designated permanently in the role.
Capito’s four-decade involvement in motorsport has seen the German fulfill executive roles with Porsche, Ford and Volkswagen, but he also enjoyed a brief stint at McLaren in 2016 before returning to Volkswagen to manage the company’s Volkswagen R GmbH and Volkswagen Zubehor GmbH road-car subsidiaries.
Capito will report directly to Matthew Savage, Williams Chairman, and will take full responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company.
“It’s a great honour for me to join Williams Racing during these exciting and demanding times for both the team and for Formula One,” he said.
“It is an honour to be a part of the future of this storied team, and one that carries such a poignant name in the sport, so I approach this challenge with great respect and with a huge amount of relish.”
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Matthew Savage, Chairman of Dorilton Capital, commented: “We are excited to welcome Jost Capito as the new CEO of Williams Racing. He is an experienced and competitive individual, who has built winning teams and is a winner in his own right.
“He understands the Williams heritage and will work well with the team in pursuit of our objective to return to the front of the grid.”
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