September 13, 2011
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Sam Michael will depart from Williams after Singapore
Williams technical director Sam Michael is to leave the team after next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
The Grove-based team have endured a horrendous season, possibly their worst in their Formula 1 history, with only 5 points to their name. After much pressure over the last few months, Michael has now stepped down.
He won’t be missing from the paddock for long though. It has also been announced that he will be joining the McLaren team. A team statement has explained that he “will join the senior management team in addition to taking specific responsibility for the development and management of the team’s trackside operations.”
Michael has stated:
"I already know and respect many of the team’s senior technical management figures,
and becoming a member of that excellent working unit was one of the prime
attractions of this new position.
Equally, for some time I’ve closely observed and greatly admired both Lewis
[Hamilton] and Jenson [Button] as grade-one drivers, and therefore regard it as an
enormous privilege to be able to work with both of them.
Sam had spent 8 years in Formula 1 before joining Williams in 2001. He has been technical director there since 2004.