F1 » Williams admits Michael a 'scapegoat' as Head/Parr clash


There is trouble brewing behind-the-scenes at Williams, it would appear, with Adam Parr and Patrick Head disagreeing over the latter's retirement plans - and Sam Michael and Jon Tomlinson being labelled 'scapegoats'

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Retired Accountant - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 6:06 PM

Obviously happy families at Williams.Suggest they have regular meetings at the top - at the first have a good hand bagging session then get on with life. Wonder what Damon Hill thinks of his old team?

blzbub

May 04, 2011 6:39 PM

I read somewher of frank williams disdain for fernando alonsos part in the 2007 shenigans, and now they hire coughlan, get the team back to the front and they may be in a position to get alonso yet!

DTGM - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 7:47 PM

Williams F1 is dead, actually has been for some time. Next year they will be missing their big-name sponsors as well.

Unfortunately these sports types never really understand business. The other part, big part, of an IPO is that you lose control of your business in exchange for getting money. Shareholders aren't interested in watching you, as head of engineering, create a subpar performer once again!

FreddyFreeloader

May 04, 2011 7:58 PM

This is all looking sad for Williams. They exist for F1 and nothing else. If they don't deliver soon they will loose there standing and be overtaken by teams like Force India & Torro Rosso. Maybe they need to partner with a manufacturer or they might fade away like some of the old teams

daz - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 8:00 PM

I think it the start of the end . which is sad i been a williams fan from the late 80s and i hope ever year they can get back to the front.But i think they been gone from f1 in 2 years max which will be a sad sad day.

California Kid - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 8:42 PM

I wonder if it would've been a slightly different story for Williams and BMW if BMW succeeded in the takeover. Part of me thinks they might still be in the sport if it was BMW Williams F1. That technical partnership could've carried over into LeMans, and possibly DTM.

They really need manufacturer backing, dictator oil money can only go so far.

Oli - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 10:03 PM

@DTGM

"Unfortunately these sports types never really understand business."

Sir Frank Williams is one of the most astute businessmen around. He has always been businessman first, F1 fanatic second, that's how he has survived for all these years. Williams F1 only exists because a young Frank saw the oppportunity to make money selling racing car parts, and Frank Williams Racing Cars Ltd was born.

If Frank has a flaw, it is his loyalty to the personnel in a technical department that simply hasn't given him a good car for too long. Patrick Head has been Frank's partner from the start, but the technical team is Patrick's department, and clearly Patrick hasn't been able to move with the times. Equally, Sam Michael gets a good press but he has never built a fast F1 car. These changes were needed a few years ago, but better late than never. I hope they have come soon enough for Williams to return to it's former glories.


Oli

Taz - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 10:37 PM

@Oli

Good comments.

Patrick head said a few years back that money wasn't the problem...engineering was....from an engineering company that was a puzzling statement and hardly motivational at the time.

I would hate for Williams to disappear....why not wipe out McLaren and Ferrari and then F1 has no heritage. Scary thought.

Paddles - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 11:07 PM

+1, good cooments oli.

if i was head, i'd be upset too. williams should be looking at a bit better discipline from their top man, he should not be publicly shooting from the hip about a senior engineer retiring until such time as the senior engineer announces it.

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