Nov 17, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne (18) during the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Williams F1 team appear to have secured their long term future after a challenging year for the historic team.
After signing a contract to use Mercedes engines from the 2014 season onwards, the team also appointed Pat Symonds to the technical department, and brought Felipe Massa in to fill one of the driving spots. The engineering department also recruited Jakob Andreasen, Craig Wilson and Rod Nelson.
Claire Williams, the team’s deputy principle, told Autosport:
“Everything that we have done is all about securing the long-term future of Williams, not just the future of it but working towards its future success. Everything we have done is thought very strategically through to make sure it is sustainable and will take Williams into the future.
Rather than taking rash decision or decisions that are sticking plasters, it’s a very strategic approach. The Mercedes deal is a long-term arrangement. We have stability with our driver line-up, which we are excited about. And the senior management team at board level is also stable and that will remain stable into the longer term as well. The engineering side, led by Pat, is all about long-term stability and succession planning. We had some shocking results, but people still kept fighting. We have done so much work to change how we operate to make sure that we ensure the future of the team.”
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