Williams Formula 1 team principal James Vowles optimistic: There's a spark
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Williams Formula 1 team principal James Vowles is optimistic about the challenges ahead. Although the last few seasons have been disappointing for the Williams team, it looks like this season, as well as the next could be great for the team.
"The best word I could use is ‘spark’," Vowles said, as quoted by motorsport.com "There's a spark and it's fascinating to see. There are shoulders lifted, there’s heads held high now, there is really direction that they can see where we're going and how we're moving forward." There are many difficult moments behind them, but as if they were a huge lesson for them.
Williams' leaders have great hope and confidence for the future. "It’s a team clearly that have had a tremendously difficult winter and difficult few years even prior to that. But they can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel and direction we're going in.
James Vowles and Frederic Brousseau
Vowles has appointed a chief operating officer. His name is Frederic Brousseau. Brousseau has a lot of experience that will serve Williams well. "A Formula 1 car is circa 15,000 components that have to be built, produced and fit together within the space of a few weeks.
To get that properly done, you need an amount of planning across all of your organisation and that's really what he brings to the table." James revealed what will be the key element of this season. "He's done that at Pratt & Whitney, he's been there for over 20 years, he has a good experience and good knowledge about how to bring thousands of people – in our case, hundreds – together in a key clinch moment.
And especially under the cost cap; the more efficient you can be at doing that, the more money that's available to develop the car later. I think it's a key element of every aspect of the team."