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How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Among the unexpected impacts COVID-19 has wrought on Formula 1 is that we enter this season with the strongest line-up of professional team bosses in the championship’s history.

For an industry so closely associated with speed, the pace of progression away from Formula 1’s founding fathers has been glacial. For 40 years we have been held in thrall to that unique breed of team principal who founded, owned and ran their own team. Men who, as Eddie Jordan declared, made the final decisions because it was ‘their name over the door.’

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