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Sam Michael joins McLaren

“I'm certain he'll work extremely well with our senior technical management team, which I firmly believe will now become the strongest in all of Formula 1.”

Michael worked his way up the pecking-order at Williams from the position of chief operations engineer when he joined back in 2001 to spend eight years as the Grove-based outfit's technical director. Team principal and founder Sir Frank Williams paid glowing tribute to the softly-spoken 40-year-old.

“I am delighted that Sam has found a new role that will enable him to continue to apply his energy, passion and experience to Formula 1,” he remarked. “On behalf of everyone at Williams, I wish him a successful move to his new team.

“I would also like to thank Sam for his help in enabling a swift and smooth transition to our new technical leadership. Mike Coughlan and Jason Somerville are settling in very well, and the restructuring will be complete when Mark Gillan joins us as chief operations engineer on 19 September.”

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September 13, 2011 12:43 PM
Last Edited 371 days ago

In 2003 Williams took 2nd place in Constructors Championship with 144 points. Then Sam Michael took over as Technical Director in 2004. 2003 2nd with 144points Sam Michael took over 2004 4th, 2005 5th, 2006 8 th, 2007 4th, 2008 8th, 2009 7th, 2010 6th, 2011 9th, with just 5 points so far. Maclaren have made a Wrong Move.

Clondikemike - Unregistered

September 13, 2011 12:42 PM

Williams loss and McLarens gain. I am a great fan of Williams and hope they come back. But Parr is doing great damage to the team and the biggest own goal was letting Michael take the fall for poor results. Hopefully McLaren will give Sam the freedom to operate, rather than being constantly constrained by tight budgets and Patrick Head, and he will flourish and prove he is one of the best. Williams will never know how good Michael was for them. He worked under constant change, unrealistic expectation and constraint and for my money did a remarkable job throughout. I hope he has a postive start at McLaren and each party benefit from this move.

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