Roberts joins McLaren Williams F1 as managing director

LONDON: The Williams Formula One Team Appoints Former McLaren COO Simon Roberts Monday to the new position of CEO.

Roberts, 57, will join on June 1 and take responsibility for the technical, operational and planning functions of the struggling team.

Once-dominant former champions Williams have been among the backmarkers in recent seasons, finishing last overall in 2018 and 2019.

Williams' most recent campaign, with just one point from 21 races, was their worst yet.

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They separated from the company with former chief technical officer Paddy Lowe in June last year after he had left on a leave of absence in March.

Roberts passed the 2009 McLaren side to what was once the Force India team, which now competes as Racing Point, as Director of Operations before returning to Woking.

The 2020 season has not yet started due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams' drivers are Briton George Russell and Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi.