Williams Most Attractive F1 Team for Drivers in 2022: Jost Capito Boldly Proclaims

Published 06/19/2021, 10:53 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Williams Racing Chief Executive Officer Jost Capito in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Williams CEO Jost Capito believes the British team will be “the team where drivers want to go to” in the 2022 season. The team has been struggling for several years now. The Grove-based outfit has finished last in the past two seasons.


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Capito, on Friday, stated Williams has time to finalize their driver line-up for the 2022 season. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has mentioned that he may not make a decision on George’s future until winter. It looks highly likely that their star driver George Russell will move to Mercedes for the 2022 season. Jost Capito is confident if Russell moves to Mercedes, the vacant seat will be attractive to many other drivers on the grid.

F1 is introducing new regulations next season which would bunch the grid. It would provide a massive opportunity for a team like Williams to get back into the mix with the midfield and the frontrunners.


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“I think we have time. When I see what the contacts are, Williams seems to be the team where the drivers want to go to,” said Capito.

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According to Autosport.com, Capito praised the young and talented Russell for putting on amazing performances this season, especially in qualifying. He also stated that Russell is a strong personality in the team.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Williams’ George Russell during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

He said, “They see what the new owners have done in the past, what they are doing. They see the investment, they see the changes of the team, they see the spirit is good, and they know that Williams very much looks after drivers and employees.

“For the months to come, I’m sure Williams will become more and more attractive for drivers. That’s why we don’t have any rush.”

When asked will Russell leave the British team after the 2021 season, Capito said, “He is happy with us this year. It’s not the performance of the car he would like to have, but he sees the team is moving forward and he sees that in the future. That’s why he’s very confident and not bothered by this, I am sure.”


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Williams have been the slowest team on the grid since the 2018 season. They have not scored a point since Germany 2019. These are worrying stats for a historic team such as them. But Capito is confident that the British team would close the gap in the 2022 season.

He stated that the investments from the new owners would prove essential in their resurgence to the top. It would be interesting to see what the future holds for Williams under Jost Capito.


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