Williams has let go of its Formula 1 engineering director Adam Carter, who has been with the team since 2016 and took control as soon as Paddy Lowe left at the start of 2019.

Following the club’s later sale to Dorilton Capital, the new team leader, Jost Capito, hired a new technical chief, Francois-Xavier Demaison, at the start of the 2021 season.

“As we look ahead at our engineering strategy and requirements for the next year and beyond, we have made changes in our engineering structure,” said Williams boss Jost Capito.

“Adam Carter has left the team and I would like to thank him for his hard work and contribution over the last six years.”

This follows the exit of former interim team principal Simon Roberts and design chief Doug McKiernan last year. Demaison’s ongoing restructure has shifted jobs, therefore the latter was not directly replaced.

Demaison explained his reasoning for the reorganization at the end of last season.

“We have great engineers in Williams and great people with a lot of experience,” he said in an interview.

“We just have to make sure that they share their experience and their different skills and that all together, we will design the best Formula 1 car.”

“Williams has not evolved at the same pace as F1. It has become very complex but people can use that complexity for protection… the team also lost some very good engineers in this time, so you employ new ones but they have to learn to work together.

“We have a lot of young engineers that we need to teach and bring them to the right level.

“So it’s nothing wrong, it’s just a normal situation.

“I’ve been through this in the past. I know it’s a long, long journey, to start a proper foundation.”

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