Is Susie Wolff the right F1 workforce principal for Williams? | F1

It’s been a loopy couple of days in F1 with a collection of huge bulletins.

It was all began by Williams’ announcement on Monday, saying the departures of Jost Capito and technical director FX Demaison.

On Tuesday, Frederic Vasseur was confirmed as Ferrari’s new workforce boss earlier than a shock transfer from Andreas Seidl to hitch Sauber as their CEO.

McLaren determined to advertise former Ferrari engineer Andrea Stella as their workforce principal following Seidl’s departure.

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Mattia Binotto

After deciding to depart Ferrari on the finish of November, Mattia Binotto is more likely to be on almost each workforce’s shortlist.

Binotto’s wide selection of expertise will attraction tremendously to the Audi group as a result of they are going to be manufacturing their very own energy unit from 2026.

The Italian performed a key function in Ferrari’s energy unit division earlier than taking up as technical director in 2016.

As technical director, Ferrari returned to kind in 2017 with an progressive, thrilling package deal, which solely misplaced out to Mercedes resulting from their superior energy unit.

Binotto could be an astute signing given his wealth of expertise in Ferrari’s engine division, mixed together with his latest expertise in managing the workforce as an entire.

The undertaking might additionally attraction to Binotto as a result of the workforce relies in Switzerland, the nation of his delivery.

Jost Capito

Following his shock departure from Williams, Capito might swap to Alfa Romeo.

The 64-year-old’s finest years in administration got here throughout his time with Volkswagen, dominating the World Rally Championship with a hat-trick of titles.

Given his prior relationship to the Volkswagen group, which Audi are a part of, it will be a smart match.

Capito did come out of retirement to work with Williams, so maybe he doesn’t wish to lengthen his working profession even additional with the workforce principal function at Alfa Romeo.

Allan McNish 

Allan McNish has been related to Audi for almost all of his racing profession.

From his days in sportscars, to operating their Method E workforce, McNish is an Audi man by way of and thru.

Whereas Audi’s affect on the workforce isn’t too vital in the meanwhile, given they’re nonetheless often called Alfa Romeo, they’ll be wanting to place their very own folks in place forward of 2026 like they’ve finished with Seidl.

McNish could be a logical alternative due to his lengthy affiliation with the German model, his prior expertise in Method E as a workforce boss.

Beat Zehnder

A stalwart of the Sauber firm, Beat Zehnder has been a part of the Swiss outfit because it began in 1993.

Beginning off as a mechanic, he rapidly moved up the ranks within the Nineties.

By 1995 he grew to become workforce supervisor, or sporting director, as he’s nonetheless often called now.

Zehnder’s wealth of expertise and being embedded within the Hinwil workforce makes him the right candidate.

It’s possible Audi will need their very own candidate within the function, however Zehnder could be the right stop-gap till then.

What about Williams?

Capito and Demaison’s departures from Grove caught everybody off guard.

It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not it was their very own choice or the proprietor’s – Dorilton Capital – who could have grown pissed off by Williams’ lack of progress in 2022.

Regardless, there are only a few apparent candidates to exchange Capito.

One identify that springs to thoughts is Susie Wolff.

Wolff spent numerous years at Williams as their take a look at and reserve driver, collaborating in numerous FP1 classes between 2014 and 2015.

Since then, she has held roles as workforce principal of the Venturi Method E workforce, guiding the workforce to P2 within the drivers’ championship with Edo Mortara. 

Wolff moved to a CEO place after the 2020-21 Method E season earlier than leaving the workforce following Maserati’s takeover.

Her expertise in each F1 and administration roles makes her an appropriate candidate.

Whether or not she’d wish to commit her time to 24 races on the street is one other query.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has already admitted that he’ll “skip a couple of races” throughout F1’s record-breaking 23-race season in an effort to “survive”.

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