Williams names former McLaren boss Jost Capito as its new CEO

The rebuilding of the Williams continues with news that the famous Formula 1 British team has hired McLaren vice-captain Jost Capito to the post of Chief Executive, with Simon Roberts made Team Principal on a permanent basis…

New owners of Dorilton Capital have been reviewing the business since taking over from the Williams family in August with a view to restructuring and strengthening divisions across the board.

They have chosen Capito – with four decades of motor and automation experience, to lead the team into a new era, with the Germans taking full responsibility for the day – to – day running of the company from February 1, 2021.

He will report to Williams Chairman Matthew Savage, and Roberts – who has been Acting Team Principal since Claire Williams left after Monza – will report directly to Capito following his permanent appointment.

“It is a great honor to be with Williams Racing at these exciting and challenging times for the team and for Formula 1,” said Capito. “It is an honor to be part of the future of this stormy team, and one with such a poignant sporting reputation, so I approach this challenge with great respect and courtesy. much fun. ”

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Savage said: “We are delighted to welcome Jost Capito as the new CEO of Williams Racing. He is an experienced and competitive man, who has built winning teams and will win for himself.

“He understands Williams’ heritage and will work well with the team to get our goal back on the grid.”

Capito has been a huge success in the World Rally Championship, winning both driver and builder competitions for four years in a row as Volkswagen’s Motorsport Director.

McLaren had a brief stint as CEO, but left the team shortly after boss Ron Dennis – who had hired the suit – and returned to steer the arm of Volkswagen ‘s performance car.