Staff changes at Williams, Renault?

Tue, 14 November 2006, 08:32

Williams’ chief executive Chris Chapple has left the Grove based Formula One team, according to reports.

Chapple, whose foremost accomplishment at the Oxfordshire squad was arguably the negotiation of a new Concorde Agreement for the team, joined Williams as ‘head of finance’ last year and was promoted in May 2005.

Oxford-educated Chapple also served in Iraq as a Royal Marine and worked previously for Goldman Sachs and Marconi.

Meanwhile, it is reported elsewhere that Renault’s Pat Symonds – although to still attend all grands prix next year – plans to delegate some of his trackside responsibilities in 2007 to former race engineer Alan Permane.

Symonds earlier this year ruled out following the footsteps of Ferrari’s Ross Brawn with a one-season ‘sabbatical’.

“I can think of nothing better than sitting on a beach for a year,” he said, “but I know that within a week or two I would be clawing to get back.”


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