“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.”