Vowles vows Williams received’t turn into ‘mini-Mercedes’
New Williams staff principal James Vowles insists he received’t be attempting to create a “mini-Mercedes” however that he’ll look to hold over what he deems sure essential parts.
Vowles will go away his position of motorsport technique director at Mercedes to steer Williams on February 20, after greater than 20 years at Brackley. After spells as BAR, Honda and Brawn, Vowles rose to the senior management degree throughout Mercedes’ dominant spell and says there are to most important elements that he’ll prioritize at Williams whereas taking the staff by itself path.
“I wouldn’t contemplate it a mini-Mercedes. Williams is an extremely unbiased staff in its personal proper that’s fashioned its personal historical past and its personal heritage,” Vowles stated. “However my intention is to go there… Once we requested our senior management staff (at Mercedes), ‘What’s crucial ingredient of the staff?’ it’s going to at all times return to 2 issues: Individuals, and tradition.
“Not the machine store flooring, not the wind tunnel instruments, not the driver-in-loop simulator; it comes again to individuals and tradition, and I consider precisely the identical to be true inside Williams.
“Earlier than setting foot in there I’m uncertain of the place we’re in the meanwhile however it’s the highest factor on my precedence listing, ensuring that everybody understands that it’s about working collectively, it’s about empowerment, it’s about treating your colleagues with the respect you need again from them and the expansion you need again from them so to work collectively in the direction of an finish objective.”
Vowles provides the concept he would do something to learn Mercedes having left the staff is totally false, as he takes on his first staff principal job.
“The second that you simply put a crisp Williams shirt on, that’s the place you might be, that’s the place your loyalty is and that’s the place my success and the staff’s success will come from. There’s no mini-Mercedes, no B-team or any of that notion. That is about me standing by myself two legs and making a hit with a corporation round me.”