After only stepping up to the role midway through the 2020 season, Simon Roberts has left Williams Racing, with his position as Team Principal being taken by CEO Jost Capito.
Roberts took over the role on a temporary basis after last year’s Italian Grand Prix after Sir Frank and Claire Williams left the team following the acquisition of Williams Racing by Dorilton Capital last summer, and he confirmed in the role on a permanent basis ahead of the start of the current campaign.
The new owners have continued their restructuring of the team in recent months, and they have now confirmed the departure of Roberts ahead of next weekend’s French Grand Prix. And Roberts has thanked the team for the opportunity of leading the outfit.
“It has been a pleasure to take on the role of Team Principal following the departure of the Williams family from the sport,” said Roberts. “However, with the transition well underway I am looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone in the team well for the future.”
Capito will assume the Team Principal duties, with the Williams CEO praising the work Roberts has done during his time with the team across a spell of restructuring and leadership changes.
“Simon has played an integral role in managing the transition over the last 12 months and I would like to thank him for his great contribution during that time,” said Capito.
As well as Capito assuming the Team Principal role, it has been announced that FX Demaison will now be responsible for trackside and engineering at Williams.