Dave Redding has been confirmed at Williams as Team Manager and will take office on July 17th - one day after the British Grand Prix. Redding has much experience in Formula 1, working in the business for more than 30 years. He will be responsible for the overall management of the operational and sporting aspects at the Grove-based team.
Redding has most recently worked for McLaren, joining them in 2001 as a Sytems Engineer, before taking up the role of Team Manager in 2009. Over the course of his career in F1, he has worked for teams such as Jaguar, Stewart and Benetton.
Redding said: "Having been involved in motorsport for 30 years, I know that Williams is a great racing team, and one that I am extremely excited and privileged to be joining. I already know and respect many of the team members, and I can't wait to start work at Grove and to be an integral part of an exciting future for the team."
With the news that Redding will be joining the team, Williams also announced that Sporting Manager Steve Nielsen will be departing the team. Nielsen joined Williams in 2014 and will leave his post on July 31st. Chief Technical Officer at Williams Paddy Lowe has welcomed Redding while also thanking Nielsen for his services.
"Firstly, I must thank Steve for his hard work and dedication since joining Williams in 2014. He has done a brilliant job in restructuring the race team and particularly in driving the impressive pitstop performances we have shown in the last eighteen months. From a personal perspective, it has been a great pleasure to work together since I started here in March. We all wish him the very best for the future.
"I am also delighted to welcome Dave to the Williams team. Dave brings an exceptional level of Formula One racing knowledge and experience. Since joining, I have seen firsthand the talented individuals we have in the race team at Williams. I’m sure Dave will fit in well and be able to provide the operational and sporting leadership necessary to not only maintain our current high standards but to build even further on all aspects of our race team performance in the future."
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