Williams appoints François-Xavier Demaison as technical director

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Williams Racing has appointed François-Xavier Demaison as the team’s technical director. He will take overall responsibility for the technical operation of the business, including the design and aerodynamic departments, and will report to team CEO Jost Capito, with whom he had a long working relationship as VW Motorsport technical director.

Demaison, universally known in racing as FX, spent the last decade at Volkswagen Motorsport, where he was responsible for the technical development of the company’s WRC cars as well as the ID.R electric race car. He also worked with Renault and Peugeot on Formula 1, Touring Car and World Rally projects before being appointed as chief rally engineer for the Subaru World Rally team.

Commenting on the appointment, Capito said, “We are delighted to welcome FX to the team. I have seen his technical capabilities first hand, and his sporting successes speak for themselves. Bringing in someone of his caliber to our already experienced technical team will help drive the future direction of our operation and strengthen our team. I have no doubt that his knowledge will contribute to us taking another important step toward our ambition of winning again. At Williams we have an exciting challenge ahead of us, and I look forward to seeing FX contribute as we continue on this journey.”

Demaison added, “I am really looking forward to joining Williams Racing, as they begin an exciting journey to turn their performance around. It’s going to be a great challenge, but one that I am eager to start. They have a great team of talented people, and I hope I can work with them and the senior management team to help carve out a direction for the future, to help the team achieve its ambitions.”

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