Despite Shock Withdrawal, Ex-Williams Boss Reveals It Was ”Always the Plan” to Pave the Way for Mercedes Star

Published 02/05/2023, 7:15 AM EST

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The 2022 Formula 1 season produced a phenomenal silly season. The silly season took a startling turn when even the team bosses came under the line of fire. Mattia Binotto was the first victim. However, the most unexpected departure was from Jost Capito. The world of F1 was blindsighted by the German’s departure, which paved the way for Mercedes man James Vowles. However, according to Capito, this was always the plan.

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In an interview with Auto Bild, Jost Capito answered various questions. Among those questions, the German also revealed his shock and untimely withdrawal from Williams was “always the plan.”

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When asked if the split was “100% your decision?” He revealed, “We just talked because from the start it was always the plan that I would do it for two years, three at the most. So we talked about what’s the right thing to do now, and it quickly became clear that now is a good time to hand it over.” (Translated via Google)

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Now that we know the shock departure was Capito’s decision and not a forced exit, he also revealed how he feels about James Vowles. Jost revealed he regards Vowles highly as a team boss and a human being.

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He said, “Yes, I’ve worked closely with James, also with Mercedes and their drivers (like Nyck de Vries; ed.). He’s incredibly competent. I like him a lot and he’s also very good as a human being. Of course, I congratulated him accordingly.”

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The German is leaving his former team in capable hands.

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.
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