Vowles only offering 'truthful' long-term vision to prospective drivers


Williams team boss James Vowles will offer the truth and nothing but the truth to drivers interested in joining the British outfit rather than lure candidates with false promises or numbers.

Vowles is in the midst of his first year at the helm of Williams, and the former Mercedes strategist is still clearing the field at Grove while laying the foundations for the team's five-year plan to return to the upper tier of the grid in F1.

As the Williams team boss embarks on enforcing his plan and vision and fostering a new culture, honesty and truthfulness are essential pillars of his leadership and guidance.

There will be no sugar-coating to capture a prospective driver, or any talent for that matter, only for them to break away when results fall short of pumped-up expectations.

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"Anything you do that lends them to realise that the numbers are fictitious will give you a short-term gain for a long-term massive deficit, including a loss of a driver," Vowles said, quoted by Motorsport.com.

Keeping it real, Vowles laid out his vision to former Alpine chief technical officer Pat Fry, whom he courted and eventually convinced to join Williams' project.

On the driver front, Alex Albon is on a multi-year contract signed late last season while Logan Sargeant's initial one-year deal with the team expires at the end of 2023.

"What I've done with both Pat and Alex as well, is show them why we will be moving forward on the long-term vision," explained Vowles. "The best thing you can do is ask Alex.

"But you'll find he's very comfortable with where he is at the moment because he can see a) we've delivered across the last six months and what the pathway is across the next few years as well."

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Again, Vowles reiterated the importance of not describing to potential recruits and candidates the situation at Williams in a way that makes it seem more acceptable than it really is.

"If you do anything else to them, all you do is at one point they'll be disrupted with 'This isn't the reality of what you promised them'", he said.

"So, this is why the whole way through I've been focusing on the long-term and a truthful analysis of the long-term, but allowing people to buy into that vision."

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