Williams F1 boss James Vowles announces the birth of his daughter

James Vowles fixed Williams 2024 reserve driver issue on the same day.


Williams F1 boss James Vowles announces the birth of his daughter

James Vowles with his family (via Williams F1 on Instagram)

James Vowles, former Strategy Director of Mercedes, moved to Williams as Team Principal this year, replacing the departing Jost Capito. Vowels had played a key part in Mercedes’ dominance in the 2010s and was involved with their success throughout the decade.

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On Nov 1, Vowels announced that he and his wife Rachel had introduced a new member into their family, a daughter. Williams posted the announcement on their social media, welcoming Vowles’s new child into the world.

Vowles has stepped up brilliantly as Team Principal for Williams, improving their position in the Constructors’ Championship from 10th last year to a clear 7th this year, with both drivers contributing to their points.

James Vowles reorganized Williams’ staff using all his years of experience and revamped their progress completely. Vowels scouted talent in Formula 2 and was responsible for signing Logan Sargeant, the American driver who placed 4th in his rookie season of Formula 2. 

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James Vowles fixed Williams 2024 reserve driver issue on the same day

2022 Formula 2 Champion Felipe Drugovich has been on the hunt for a Formula 1 drive since winning the championship last year, but will not be occupying one in 2024. Drugovich is currently the reserve driver for Aston Martin and drove for the testing sessions before the Bahrain GP. 

Williams' James Vowles
James Vowles (via Planet F1)

The Brazilian driver eyed the Williams F1 seat for 2024, but there was no communication with Vowles on the matter. Now, Aston Martin announced that the F2 champ has signed as the Aston Martin reserve driver for another year.

The Williams seat is an opportunity for a lot of young drivers currently off the grid. Mick Schumacher, Liam Lawson, and Theo Pourchaire all are potential talents who are without a seat for next year. Logan Sargeant has the full support of the team, however, his lack of performance compared to his teammates may cost him his seat. 

James Vowles voiced his satisfaction with Sargeant’s progress and said that he has been improving all season. Sargeant scored one point in Austin, but only after disqualifications for Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.

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