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Dorilton bought the team last summer, with the Williams family leaving after the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, and the company has spent the months since purchasing the team evaluating its investment and installing a new management structure.

Former Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito has been appointed Williams Team CEO at the end of last year, with Simon Roberts remaining as team manager on a permanent basis after being the interim incumbent in this role after Monza 2020.

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Recently, the team has started to advertise a large number of engineering positions, mainly positions that will strengthen its aerodynamics department.

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Asked about UKTN’s new plan to hire more staff over the Portuguese GP weekend, Robson said: “I understand there are quite a few positions in aerodynamics.

“These are new positions and these are new groups of people that we are trying to bring in to develop new ways of working as part of the new owner’s plan to innovate and do things slightly differently as we seek to to make things progress. we are developing the car next year and in the future.

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“So yeah, I think that’s a really good sign.

“It’s obviously a big change in the aviation regulations for next year, so I think a new way of looking at things and a new approach with more people can only be a good thing.

Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B

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Former VW Motorsport Technical Director François-Xavier Demaison has also joined Williams for 2021, as technical director, and Robson explained how the duo will work together to grow the team’s efforts at their Grove factory and at racing events.

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“Personally, I always report to Simon, so in that respect it’s no different, but obviously FX is in charge of all the technical side of the factory,” he explained.

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“And so my relationship with him and the guys who work with him and for him is really important because that’s how we have to communicate at this level to develop the car the way we need it to.

“So I spent a little time with him, he was in Imola and we had some good conversations.

“Simon is my line manager, but my relationship with FX will be very important going forward.”

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