Williams understands Wolff's departure
21 January 2013 – Sir Frank Williams says he understands Toto Wolff's decision to leave his team and join Mercedes-Benz as its new Executive Director, explaining that he was never going to deny the Austrian a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' with the German marque.
Williams, who appointed Wolff as one of the team's Executive Directors in July of last year, says the 41-year-old provided vital support and assistance throughout the 2012 Formula 1 campaign and has wished him well for his new role at Mercedes.
Williams went on to explain that despite the departure of Wolff, who will continue as a shareholder, a strong executive group is in place to safeguard the Grove-based team's future.
"I’m lucky to have a very professional group of people around me and the company’s Executive Committee will continue the work they have been doing to ensure a successful future for the business."
Williams will field Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas in 2013. The Venezuelan claimed the outfit's first victory in eight seasons at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, while Bottas steps up from his former test and reserve role to replace Bruno Senna.