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Jost Capito, CEO, Williams
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The battle-hardened figurehead at the heart of Williams' F1 revival

With a long career encompassing engineering and management roles with the likes of BMW, Porsche, Sauber, Ford and Volkswagen, Jost Capito knows better than most what it takes to build a successful organisation in the automotive and motorsport worlds. Now, as MARK GALLAGHER discovers, Capito is applying his vast experience to a major rebuild of the Williams Formula 1 team

Young people in their twenties and thirties are trooping through reception, products of the talent pipeline that is the UK’s motorsport valley. Most will have been born after Williams won its first drivers’ and constructors’ world championships in 1980. Some might yet have a been a twinkle in their parents’ eyes when the team scored its last such success in 1997.

Jost Capito, 63 years young, the team’s CEO and team principal, is sitting upstairs in a large open plan office, sharing a joke with a colleague. Relaxed and smiling, the German executive charged with turning around the fortunes of the iconic British team is less than a year into the role.

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