Sam Michael and Jon Tomlinson to leave Williams at end of 2011

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Sam Michael, Williams, 2011

Sam Michael, Williams, 2011

Williams have announced technical director Sam Michael and chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson have resigned.

The pair will leave at the end of the year following the team’s poor start to the season. Williams are yet to score a point after three races.

The team issued the following statement

“Williams F1 today announced that technical director, Sam Michael, and chief aerodynamicist, Jon Tomlinson, have resigned from their positions within the company, to take effect at the end of 2011.

Frank Williams, Team Principal, said: ‘Both Sam and Jon are talented and driven people who have worked hard for Williams over 10 and five years respectively.

‘Nonetheless, they have recognised that the team?s performance is not at the level that it needs to be and have resigned in order to give the team the opportunity to regroup and undertake the changes necessary to get back to the front of the grid.

‘Both will continue to work in their present positions through until the end of the year to ensure that the team maintains focus and momentum during the 2011 season. We are very grateful to Sam and to Jon for their professional approach.'”

Williams have also announced that Mike Coughlan will join them next month: Mike Coughlan returns to F1 with Williams

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44 comments on Sam Michael and Jon Tomlinson to leave Williams at end of 2011

  1. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 3rd May 2011, 16:25

    Interesting developments at Williams. Needed though.

    Have to hope that Williams can attract a big name designer to replace their team.

    Also, don’t expect Michael or Tomlinson to appear at an F1 team for the beginning of next year. Wouldn’t surprise me if their contracts prevent them from joining another team for at least a year [assuming of course that they have resigned rather than were pushed..!]

  2. Racer (@racer) said on 3rd May 2011, 18:46

    What will they do if the team turns competitve mid-season?

    • slkmaniac said on 3rd May 2011, 22:21

      That won’t happen while Sam Michael is still around – he’s been a disaster for the team and is not popular amongst the engineering team at the factory. Things will only really improve once he’s gone.

  3. damon said on 3rd May 2011, 22:54

    it is illogical to think that they will improve at the drop of a hat as they have been struggling for five seasons straight now

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