Williams Week – 16th January 2023 – The Week in Review


“[Williams] are one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 history and I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of my fellow countryman Carlos Reutemann.” – Franco Colapinto

Franco Colapinto joins Williams Racing Driver Academy

“Was that just a blip and what was being put in place behind the scenes is going to play out in a positive way? Or were they heading in the wrong direction and that’s why Capito and Demaison have gone?”

Divisive boss, abrupt exit: Has Williams suffered lasting damage?

He said during that year his lack of F1 affiliation rested on the fact that “it’s not that I don’t have any intentions, but the teams have to have intentions as well” to sign him

Why first Alonso and now Williams backed young Argentinian racer Franco Colapinto

Looking to 2023, the Grove operation will stage a pre-season launch event on their official website at 14:00 GMT on February 6, in which Alex Albon and new team mate Logan Sargeant will be on hand to show off the team’s 2023 colours.

Williams confirm date for 2023 ‘season launch’ and livery reveal
James Vowles, Williams Team Principal

“I cannot wait to start with Williams Racing. It’s an honour 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” – James Vowles

Williams Racing appoints new Team Principal

What Williams wants from Vowles is clear. The two questions now are whether he is up to the task and, perhaps more crucially, whether the existing problems of the team are too well-entrenched to be fixed by just one change at the top.

Williams’ Mercedes signing suggests a fundamental change

“The second, just now fundamentally, that you put a crisp Williams shirt on, that’s where you are, that’s where your loyalty is, and that’s where my success and the team’s success will come from.” – James Vowles

Williams team principal James Vowles denies Mercedes control rival F1 team

Gulf has hinted a return to F1 after their sponsorship deal with McLaren came to an end at the end of 2022. And while its future hasn’t been confirmed yet, there are rumours that Williams F1 team will be taking on the iconic motorsport brand. 

F1 Rumours: Williams to Acquire Gulf As Iconic Sponsorship For 2023 Season

‘I don’t think it’s a massive leap’ – James Vowles

Vowles not daunted by team boss role as he prepares for Williams switch

“In reality, it takes three years to get a team organised and up to speed. You’ve got to employ people these days and it could be six months to two years’ notice, waiting to finish your contract and things like that.” – Pat Symonds

The key area Vowles needs to focus on at Williams

“I feel like there is a slight difference in terms of mentality within Red Bull and Williams. The culture is slightly different. I’m still figuring that out.” – Alex Albon

Albon still finding F1 radio “sweet spot” at Williams after early aggression

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