Williams announced Simon Roberts's departure as part of a radical internal team restructure, which has called for a more slim reporting structure and the abolishment of the Team Principal and Racing Director role.
After a long career in McLaren, Roberts was signed by Williams in June 2020 in the newly-appointed role of Managing Director, issued to ease the transaction from the former family property to the new owner, American private investment company Dorilton Capital.
In August, when Frank and Claire Williams stepped back from the team, he took on the role of Acting Team Principal, being confirmed in his position in December.
In the same month, Jost Capito, former Motorsport Director at Volkswagen with experiences at Sauber and McLaren, was appointed as CEO of the British team, in charge of a thourogh reconfiguration and future planning that aim to bring back Williams to its old glory.
Team Principal related duties will be attended by Capito, whereas Technical Director Francois-Xavier Demaison will be responsible for both trackside and engineering related matters, working both at the factory and on track.
Capito is extremely grateful towards his former co-worker: “Simon has played an integral role in managing the transition over the last 12 months and I would like to thank him for his great contribution during that time,” he said in a statement issued on Williams's social media pages.
Roberts thanked the team, and hopes the best for their future: "It has been a pleasure to take on the role of Team Principal following the departure of the Williams family from the sport."
"However, with the transition well underway I am looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone in the team well for the future," he added.
NEWS: Williams Racing Team Principal, Simon Roberts, will leave the team as a result of an internal restructure.— Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) June 9, 2021
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