Nick Chester linked to senior Williams Formula 1 technical role

Ex-Renault Formula 1 chassis technical chief Nick Chester has been linked with a senior role at the Williams team next year

Nick Chester linked to senior Williams Formula 1 technical role

Chester worked at Renault through its various guises as 'Team Enstone', starting out at Benetton at the turn of the millennium before holding various roles as the team became Renault, then Lotus, then the Renault works team again.

Earlier this month Renault announced Chester has started a period of gardening leave as the team undergoes a technical reshuffle in response to its disappointing performance this season.

After finishing fourth in the constructors' championship last year, Renault slipped to fifth and was beaten by its engine customer McLaren in 2019, with its aerodynamic shortcomings highlighted as a major issue.

While Chester and former head of aerodynamics Peter Machin have left Renault, ex-Williams aero chief Dirk de Beer has been hired alongside internal promotions and another full-time appointment expected next year.

Williams has undergone its own review following back-to-back disappointing seasons and a series of setbacks with its 2019 car at the start of the year.

Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe went on a leave of absence early in 2019 and formally split from the company a few months later.

That has left the team without a figure at the top of its technical leadership, which Chester is understood to be a candidate for - although Williams declined to comment.

In Lowe's absence, Williams has relied on multiple senior staff members who have leadership of different technical aspects.

Doug McKiernan is responsible for Williams's aero work, while Adam Carter heads up its design office, Barney Hassell is in charge of vehicle dynamics and Dave Robson leads the team's trackside operations.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams told Autosport before the end of the season that their efforts meant the team remained in no rush to bring in a new technical chief in place of Lowe.

"They effectively form the senior technical team and I'm very confident in what they are doing," she said in Abu Dhabi.

"They're very calm individuals, they know what the ambition is, they know what we need to achieve, and they are doing everything within their power to do that with the resources that they have available to them.

"Of course, any team up and down the grid is always looking at how they can bolster their technical departments because that's where your performance comes.

"But we've always said, since the departure of Paddy, that we wanted to make the right decisions for Williams.

"And if that takes us time, then that takes us time.

"We're not in any rush and it's about finding the best person that we possibly can if we choose to go down that road of bringing in a new CTO."

shares
comments
Ex-Red Bull F1 junior Ticktum gets Williams development driver role
Previous article

Ex-Red Bull F1 junior Ticktum gets Williams development driver role

Next article

The major political problem F1 still needs to solve

The major political problem F1 still needs to solve
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP Plus

Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP

On paper the Canadian Grand Prix will go down as Max Verstappen’s latest triumph, fending off late pressure from Carlos Sainz to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead. But as safety car periods, virtual and real, shook up the race Ferrari demonstrated it can take the fight to Red Bull after recent failures

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best Plus

The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best

GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV pays a visit to designer Jens Munser, to observe the production of Mick Schumacher’s special helmet for the Miami Grand Prix. What follows is some fascinating insight on the mindsets of Mick’s dad Michael, and family friend Sebastian Vettel

Formula 1
Jun 19, 2022