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Adam Parr offered to resign

ESPNF1 Staff
May 3, 2011 « All change at struggling Williams | »
Adam Parr became CEO of Williams in 2006 © Sutton Images

Williams chief executive Adam Parr has said that he was another member of the team to tender his resignation as part of the restructuring process, but that it was declined.

After it was announced that technical director Sam Michael and chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson would be leaving the team at the end of the season, Parr was asked if he had considered his own future. The CEO confirmed that he too felt responsible following Williams' poor start to the season, and that he had spoken to the team in an attempt to shoulder the blame.

"Absolutely. I tendered my resignation to Frank [Williams], Patrick [Head] and Toto [Wolff, shareholder]," Parr said. "I am responsible and I took the responsibility to do whatever they wanted to do.

They did [reject it], yes. But that doesn't mean I don't feel responsible for what happened. I've addressed the whole factory and explained that I am responsible and have apologised for my part in this failure."

Parr also said that incoming chief engineer Mike Coughlan could become the new technical director at the end of the season, but that no decision had been taken yet.

"We have a technical director until the end of the year, and it is important to have clarity in the roles. Mike, as chief engineer, will be driving forward our engineering process and ensuring systems are in place for success. He will be responsible for the FW34, next year's car, and how that develops.

Sam will remain accountable for this year's car, and because there are minimal changes in rules from this year to next, there is a lot of continuity. That is the way it will run until the end of the year, and then we will make a decision about whether Mike becomes technical director, or remains as chief engineer and we bring someone alongside him as technical director."

Parr added that Williams co-founder Patrick Head will retire this year. "Patrick has made it clear that he will be retiring this year, so at some point this year that will happen," he said. "That's nothing to do with the restructuring, it's just the fact that he's turning 65 and had already signalled that it's time for him to move on to his next set of interests in life."