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Vowles’ Wake-Up Call: Steering Williams F1’s Future

15/02/2024

This winter, James Vowles faced his pivotal moment as Williams F1’s team principal, acknowledging the immense responsibility of shaping the team’s destiny and pushing its limits for a competitive resurgence.

Vowles realized this winter, when he decided on the production timings for the FW46, his responsibility as Williams F1’s team principal. The Brit understood that he held the team’s fate in his hands.

“As far as I’m concerned, I might not have realized the weight on my shoulders, but we pushed things to the limit and very late, there’s no doubt about that,” Vowles stated.

“There were moments when I didn’t hesitate to admit that I hadn’t slept for several days because the weight of a thousand people was on my shoulders. I am convinced that what we are doing is good for the future, and it’s this confidence that allows me to bring the whole team together and talk about it.”

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“That’s what we’ve done in recent weeks, then we came together as a group of people, finishing with the car’s first ignition, which is an exceptional occasion.”

To relieve pressure on his team, he personally took on the risk of possible failure: “I made it clear to the organization that the weight of failure rested on my shoulders, and I don’t want others to be limited by the fear of failure, or anyone to be limited by the fear of pushing beyond what they know.”

“I told them ‘the time has come to break away from what you know, to return to the basics and start over, and you have my support.’ To move forward, we must not be content with being eighth or seventh. I will only be satisfied when we are fighting for world championships and winning championships.”

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