Williams Racing confirmed on Friday that James Vowles is joining the British outfit on February 20th as its new Team Principal, following the departure of Jost Capito.
Motorsport engineer James Vowles has built a successful 21-year career at the pinnacle of motorsport, which includes acting in the role of Chief Strategist for the Mercedes AMG-F1 Team, a squad he joined since its inception in 2010.
Most recently, and over the last four years, he held the position of Motorsport Strategy Director with the Brackley-based team.
“While we are naturally sad to be saying goodbye, we wish him every success and are delighted that he will take this next step in his career with Williams, a strong technical partner of ours and one that has a place close to my own heart,” said Toto Wolff, Team Principal, and CEO of Mercedes AMG-F1.
On February 20th, Vowles will start a new career chapter with the team founded by Frank Williams, becoming the third Team Principal in its 46-year history, succeeding Jost Capito, who had taken over the role from Williams in 2020 to the end of 2022.
Speaking about starting in his new position with the Grove outfit, the 43-year-old commented: “I cannot wait to start with Williams Racing. It’s an honor to join a team with such an incredibly rich heritage. The team is an icon of our sport, one I greatly respect, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.”
Adding: “Williams Racing have placed their faith and trust in me, and I will do the same in return. The team has tremendous potential, and our journey together starts in a matter of weeks.”
Williams welcomes its new team boss just in time for pre-season testing, commencing on February 23rd and spanning over three days at the Bahrain International Circuit, kicking off the 2023 season.
Vowles Path in Formula One
Acting as a race strategist, he became crucial to the team’s lone, impressive campaign at the top of motorsport competition.
Brawn GP won the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2009, securing eight victories in 17 rounds.
Led by Ross Brawn and powered by Mercedes-Benz, it established a perfect record in the series, winning both titles, drivers, and constructors in its single Formula One season.