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Ecclestone critical of Williams' rebuilding strategy

ESPNF1 Staff
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Toto Wolff, seen talking with Valtteri Bottas, should take a more active role in Williams, according to Bernie Ecclestone © Getty Images

Team shareholder Toto Wolff should take more control of the famous yet beleaguered Formula One team Williams, according to Bernie Ecclestone.

Williams has been struggling for several seasons and after a poor 2011 campaign a number of changes have happened, including the signing of two pay drivers, the loss of technical director Sam Michael, and the retirement of long time co-owner Patrick Head. "One could say that we are off to a truly fresh start," said boss Sir Frank Williams.

The launch of the 2012 car in Jerez was almost apologetically low-key. It was wheeled out of the garage with no fanfare, shown to the press for a few minutes and then wheeled back in.

But Ecclestone told Swiss magazine Speed Week he thought the team was wrong to try to fix its problems from the bottom up. "I don't think they've done it the right way," he said. "The changes should have come from above, not from below. I think people like Wolff should get more control."

Wolff a young Austrian businessman and former racer who has a minor team shareholding, and is also involved in the management of Williams' test driver Valtteri Bottas.