Staff reshuffle on the cards at Williams

Toto Wolff (AUT) Williams Investor. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Toto Wolff

Apr.20 (GMM) Williams shareholder Christian ‘Toto’ Wolff has not ruled out taking a more hands-on role with the struggling British team.

The team’s chairman Adam Parr said in China that after Williams’ worst start to a new season since 1979, staff changes are definitely on the table.

Media reports have focused on the possibility that technical director Sam Michael could lose his job as a result of the poor showing by the team.

But a less reported fact was that Austrian Wolff – whose 10 per cent stake could reportedly increase over time – made a rare visit to the Formula 1 paddock in China last weekend.

Asked by if he is pushing for an actual managerial role, he answered, “In Adam Parr we have a strong man who runs the show while I look in mainly from the outside.”

Pressed further, he added, “I have put my foot in the door, and whether this is good or not, we will see.”

Williams have a proud history in F1 having won 9 constructor’s world championships, seven driver’s titles and notched up 113 Grand Prix wins since their debut at the 1978 Argentine GP.