Ralf Schumacher ‘stunned’ by Jost Capito’s exit, blames ‘impatient’ buyers : PlanetF1

Ralf Schumacher has weighed in on this week’s staff boss strikes, saying Williams didn’t give Jost Capito sufficient time whereas McLaren’s twin management could have prompted Andreas Seidl’s exit.

Whereas all the main focus within the low season was on Ferrari, Formulation 1 followers ready to be taught who would substitute Mattia Binotto because the Scuderia’s subsequent staff boss, Williams shocked everybody once they introduced on Monday evening that Capito could be leaving.

After simply two years on the helm, Matthew Savage, chairman of Williams’ homeowners Dorilton Capital, introduced: “We want to thank Jost for his exhausting work and dedication as we launched into a significant transformation course of to start the journey of reviving Williams Racing.”

Nobody exterior of Williams noticed that coming, in all probability not even Capito who days prior had spoken with PlanetF1.com about his objectives for the 2023 championship.

Schumacher, a former driver turned pundit, was as “stunned” as the remainder of us.

“The place might be stuffed internally,” he instructed Sky Deutschland of Capito’s departure. “I’m stunned that Jost needed to go.

“I might think about that the buyers have been just a little indignant and never proud of the progress. You can too see that from the truth that different vital folks within the staff additionally needed to go.

“I’m sorry for Jost. I feel the chief ground have been too impatient, he ought to have had just a little extra time.”

Williams additionally mentioned goodbye to Francois-Xavier Demaison Williams, who was put in by Capito because the staff’s technical director.

Schumacher reckons the staff’s outcomes, Williams as soon as once more backside of the log in 2022, have been “under the expectations” of Dorilton who purchased the staff from the Williams household.

“Groups like Williams and Alfa Romeo should take the subsequent step in some unspecified time in the future,” he continued.

Alfa Romeo and McLaren bounce on the staff boss merry-go-round

Alfa Romeo joined Williams on the staff boss roundabout, the staff confirming the worst-kept secret within the paddock as they introduced Fred Vasseur could be leaving with Ferrari welcoming him as their new staff boss minutes later.

However what got here subsequent was a shock to many with the Hinwil-based staff, quickly to be Audi, asserting former McLaren staff boss Andreas Seidl because the Sauber Group’s new CEO.

McLaren in flip revealed Andrea Stella had been promoted from govt director of racing to the staff principal job.

Schumacher questioned whether or not main McLaren in partnership with the “very explosive” Zak Brown was a “good” scenario for Seidl.

“At McLaren,” he mentioned, “it should all take a short time earlier than they’ll drive on the entrance once more. The restructuring and the wind tunnel development, that are completely mandatory, nonetheless want time.

“It was maybe all too lengthy for Andreas.

“We additionally had twin management at McLaren with CEO Zak Brown. I don’t know if that’s all the time good. Brown can also be very explosive.”

As such Sauber’s upcoming hyperlink with Audi appealed to the German.

Unhealthy information for Valtteri Bottas?

Schumacher reckons considered one of Seidl’s first aims might be to ascertain a powerful line-up for what is going to, in 2026, be the Audi staff.

However going through two years, 2024 and 2025, with none main backing given Alfa Romeo will reduce ties with the staff on the finish of subsequent season, Schumacher questions Valtteri Bottas’ value to the staff.

His present team-mate, Zhou Guanyu, doesn’t have the identical issues given his backing from Chinese language sponsors.

“At Sauber you now have time to set all the pieces up earlier than you be a part of Audi,” the previous F1 driver mentioned. “I’m curious to see what concepts Andreas has for the drivers.

“Guanyu Zhou is kind of firmly within the saddle, he’s additionally bringing some huge cash with him, till 2026 isn’t unimportant for Sauber.

“Valtteri Bottas, alternatively, mustn’t essentially keep too lengthy.”

Learn extra: How Ferrari’s transfer for Fred Vasseur pushed McLaren into motion

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