Ralf Schumacher surprised by Williams management shake-up

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Ex-F1 driver Ralf Schumacher says he was surprised to see Williams team boss Jost Capito step down from the British outfit, and believes the team's executives were "too impatient".

Capito – who also held the position of chief executive officer at Williams Racing – was ousted on Monday after just two years on the job, out of the blue.

Williams shareholder Dorilton Capital also sent packing the F1 team's technical director FX Demaison.

Schumacher, who reckons the position of team principal will be filled internally, believes that Williams' upper management lacked patience.

"I’m surprised that Jost had to go," Schumacher told Sky Germany.

"I imagine the investors were a little angry and not happy with the progress. You can also see that from the fact that other important people in the team also had to go.

"I’m sorry for Jost. I think the executives were too impatient, he should have had a little more time."

Tuesday's incredible whirlwind of management changes at Sauber, Ferrari and McLaren naturally also caught Schumacher's attention.

The six-time Grand Prix winner turned TV pundit suggested that progress at McLaren wasn't happening fast enough for Seidl to remain at the helm until the end of 2025, when his contract was due to expire.

"At McLaren, it will all take a little while before they can race at the front again. The restructuring and the wind tunnel construction, which are absolutely necessary, still need time," commented Schumacher.

"It was perhaps all too long for Andreas. We also had dual leadership at McLaren with CEO Zak Brown. I don’t know if that’s always good. Brown is also very explosive."

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