The Williams team has announced that Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles will take over the leadership of the team from the 2023 season onwards. Vowles has held his role as chief strategist at Mercedes for the past four years, playing a major role in the German team's dominance. For him, this is a big step forward, and he himself says that it is a great honor. "The team is an icon of the sport, so I have a lot of respect for it and I'm looking forward to this challenge," said Vowles, who will replace Jost Capita. "I've had tremendous support at Mercedes and we're parting ways on great terms after more than 20 years working together at Brackley. I'm grateful to Tot Wolff and the team for everything." Vowles said there was a lot of potential in the Williams team and he will start his new job on February 20, just three days before the start of the first winter testing.
The Williams team will have to pay a fine of 60.000 euros due to another problem with the wheel nut. In free practice in India, a wheel nut flew off Williams' Pastor Maldonado race car, and a similar problem occurred in a previous race in Japan. Commissioners, including experienced racer Tom Kristensen this weekend, opted for a fine, as usual, even though the bike did not fall off the car. After the investigation, it was established that the wheel nut was screwed over the thread during the stop in the boxes, and the main safety pin was not activated. Even the auxiliary pin of the nut did not hold in place, and the commissioners, despite another problem, did not issue a higher penalty to the team than usual, as the wheel of the ax remained on the race car.
The Williams team has confirmed a long-term cooperation with Mercedes Benz, which will supply its powertrains to the team from Grove from next season onwards. Toto Wolff, a former Williams shareholder and co-owner of Mercedes-Benz, confirmed last week that the Williams team was among those to whom Mercedes offered its engines, and today it was announced that they had reached an agreement with the British team and signed a multi-year contract. From next season onwards, racers will have to drive a 300-kilometer race with just 100 kilograms of fuel. The powertrains will be smaller, a 1.6-liter V6 with a turbocharger. Engine manufacturers are aiming for engines to produce as much power as this year, so they will need to be around 30 percent more efficient in their operation. To this