There’s been a lot of changes at Williams F1 in the past 12 months and the most recent has many wondering just what the team will do to turn things around in 2019. With the abrupt departure of Paddy Lowe, the team are struggling with their car this season. Missing some of the pre-season testing, frustrated drivers and other issues have many wondering if the team can be turned around.
I’ve advocated for a change at the top of this team for three years now and it hasn’t been a well-received message but I stand by the fact that when the team is struggling, you don’t fire the team, you fire the coach and shake things up.
In what was received as good news, former Williams boss Patrick Head has been engaged in a consultancy role with the team. Head, still a stockholder in Williams F1, will join the team in China but not be on the pit wall in an official capacity. Head hasn’t been involved in the racing on a daily operation since 2011.
In one sense, you could see this as good news because the team could use the help from a seasoned veteran as sharp as Head but on the other hand, it’s a consultancy role and not a permanent fix. There’s a part of me that wonders if he was brought in to design an organizational structure that is a permanent fix.
Hat Tip: Autosport