Mark Gillan decides to leave Williams F1 Team
18 December 2012 – Mark Gillan, who acted as Chief Operations Engineer at Williams, has opted to leave the team ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 season. The 44-year-old is hoping to dedicate more time to his family after spending just over one year at the Grove-based outfit.
Gillan, a former employee of McLaren, Jaguar, Red Bull and Toyota, played a key role in the resurgence of Williams following the team's torrid 2011 campaign. After scoring just five points in the aforementioned season, the squad made big strides in 2012 by picking up its first victory since 2004 and recording a further 14 top ten finishes.
A replacement for Gillan has yet to be announced by the team. Spanish Grand Prix winner Pastor Maldonado and Finland's Valtteri Bottas form the driver line-up for 2013.