Williams have announced that Simon Roberts will stand down as Team Principal as part of an ‘internal restructure’ at the team.
Roberts joined the team in June 2020 and became Team Principal in September after the Williams family chose to step aside, following the sale of the team to Dorilton Capital after going on the market during the worldwide lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Roberts have since gone on to play a key role in the team’s transition of ownership whilst ensuring on-track results improved, despite slipping back down to tenth in the constructor standings of 2021 season on Sunday (6 June) following an eventful Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Speaking on his departure, Roberts said: “It has been a pleasure to take on the role of Team Principal following the departure of the Williams family from the sport.
However, with the transition well underway I am looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone in the team well for the future.”
Chief Executive Officer, Jost Capito paid tribute to Roberts, commenting: “Simon has played an integral role in manging the transition over the last 12 months and I would like to thank him for his great contribution during that time.”
Capito will now take up the Team Principal role with immediate effect, whilst Francois-Xavier Demaison will be in charge of trackside and engineering departments.
Williams also announced in their statement that this restructure further ‘streamlines operations’ as part of long-term plans to return the team to the front of the F1 grid in coming years, having already retained junior drivers in Jack Aitken, Dan Ticktum, Roy Nissany and Jamie Chadwick.
2009 F1 champion and ex Williams driver, Jenson Button returned to the team in mid-January as a Senior Advisor for their current drivers, including race drivers – George Russell and Nicholas Latifi who both remain yet to score points in F1.
Williams also extended their technical partnership with Mercedes earlier this year as part of plans to ensure more efficient design and manufacturing processes.