Williams technical director Sam Michael says that changes will be made to the organization to turn around its disappointing start to the season, and he has not ruled out moving to a different role or leaving the team altogether if that is what is needed.
The former title-winning team is enduring the worst start to a season in its Formula 1 history, with neither Rubens Barrichello nor Pastor Maldonado having scored a point in the first three races of the campaign. Although the team is optimistic that a major upgrade package for the Turkish Grand Prix will improve its fortunes, Michael says that lessons from what has happened will be taken on board and an overhaul of its structure will take place over the next few weeks.
"I think the job that we have done this year clearly is not good enough," Michael told AUTOSPORT. "There are lots of different reasons why. But either way, whatever team you are, I can easily see that where we are at the moment is not good enough and that falls down to me. So, we are currently reviewing that inside Williams – I am contributing to that and I am happy to do what the team wants me to do, to an extent.
"What I would not be happy with doing would be not changing anything – even myself. Even if everyone said everything is perfect, I know it is not. So, I am not happy with the job that we have done as a group. I would review that anyway, including myself. I don't exclude myself from any of that.
"I, as technical director, have chosen the technical team that works for me – the aero team, the design team, the operations group, the vehicle dynamics, the KERS guys. They are all people I have chosen to put in those positions, so if it doesn't work then it is my responsibility. That is what we are in the middle of at the moment."
When asked if the comments about his own personal role meant he was considering a change of responsibilities, Michael said: "I don't know yet. We haven't really finalized that, and it will come down to what the team wants, really. And myself as well, and what I think is best for the team.
"Obviously, the team has to decide what it wants for itself and I will be part of that process, and then also I have to make a decision whether I think that is good for the team in terms of whatever I do. We all have contracts and I have a contract until the end of this season. So regardless of what happened – whether any restructuring meant that I left Williams or not, I would not leave Williams before the end of the year, because I will stick to my contract.
"In terms of going through that process, I am pretty open-minded at the moment. But open-minded to the extent that we have to make some big changes, because what we have got going on at the moment is not working and it needs change."
Although determined to push on with a restructuring that could also extend to senior management and would likely involve not only a reshuffling of staff but also the possible recruitment from outside, Michael says he is upbeat about what the team has in the pipeline for the next few races.
"Things can change very quickly in this sport," he said. "You would never have thought at the last Barcelona test that McLaren were going to win a grand prix in the next month, and they have done.
"It is because there has been a big change of rules, and there are a lot of different designs out there in terms of exhaust systems and rear wings. As they gravitate toward each other over the next couple of races, it will make a difference. So I am pretty hopeful."
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