Sam Michael admits he could lose job

Sam Michael (AUS) Williams Technical Director at the Williams FW33 Livery Launch. Williams HQ, Grove, England, 24 February 2011.

Sam Michael during the Williams FW33 livery launch in February

Apr.19 (GMM) Williams technical director Sam Michael has admitted he could lose his job as the team restructures following their worst start to a F1 world championship season since 1979.

In China, during the third round of the 2011 championship, the Oxfordshire based team’s chairman Adam Parr refused to deny mounting speculation that Michael was facing the axe.

“If Sam thought that the right thing for the team is for him to stop, he’d stop tomorrow. He will do whatever is necessary for the team,” he said.

The National quotes Michael as admitting that Williams’ current situation is not tenable.

“What I would not be happy with doing would be not changing anything – even myself,” he said.

Until then, Michael’s current contract runs for the rest of the season, so his focus for now is reintroducing for Barcelona the Red Bull-style exhaust system that did not work when tested in Shanghai. And a major upgrade package is scheduled for the next race in Turkey.

“We are introducing a modified floor, new front wing, new rear wing and new brake ducts to both cars. We expect this to give us a few tenths to help our drivers get into the top ten,” said Michael.

  • Magnus Rubensson

    Well… they are using the same engines as Virgin and Hispania… (while Team Tony switched to Renault.)

    If the raw power just isn’t there to begin with, then I’d think there must be a limit to what can be achieved, no matter what you do with the aerodynamics etc.

  • krish

    Ever since Sam Michael took over as the technical director of williams(2005) the team has been in free fall. The last win was in 2004 finale brazil(montoya) and the last podium singapore 2008 courtesy rosberg. The team needs someone like Geoff Willis or some new guy with fresh ideas and a clear road map for the long term

  • Derek

    Dear Sam,

    Just by introducing a “modified floor, new front wing, new rear wing and new brake ducts to both cars. We expect this to give us a few tenths to help our drivers get into the top ten” Are you happy with that “in the top ten”? If so, you would not be there if I was Adam!

    You guys need to look over the following to get into the top 5.

    (1) side pods
    (2) engine cover (eng needs to be lower mounted)
    (3) more detailed front wing (aero)
    (4) gearbox needs to be lighter
    (5) Front and Rear wheel bearings.

    Engineer