Wolff reveals Hamilton’s reaction to Vowles’ Williams move

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Toto Wolff and James Vowles have revealed how Lewis Hamilton reacted when he learned that James would become the new team principal of Williams.

Yesterday it was announced that Mercedes’ long-time strategy chief James Vowles will leave the team to become the new team principal of Williams.

Mercedes and team boss Toto Wolff immediately congratulated Vowles for his new appointment, and at the post-announcement press conference, Wolff was asked to reveal how Lewis Hamilton reacted to the news.

“I told him this week that this is going to happen,” Wolff said.

“And he’s absolutely fine. Working with James has always been a great pleasure for him.

“The clever thinking on the Sunday mornings, that was good fun with James always. I think his first response was: ‘That’s amazing for James’.

“I think this is maybe the important sentence,” the Austrian concluded.

Vowles then revealed Lewis told him the same thing personally in a phone call.


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“I called him last night, and those are the first words that came out of his mouth,” he said.

“He was not insulting me or telling me he’s disappointed. It’s quite the opposite.

“In fact, I’d probably say throughout Mercedes I’ve had the fortune that near enough everyone I’ve spoken to has been just incredibly happy,” Vowles concluded.

Lewis’ team-mate George Russell took to social and also congratulated James.

“James, it’s George,” the Briton wrote.

“Congratulations on your new role, thoroughly deserved. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Mercedes and the support you’ve given me along the journey.

“See you in Bahrain!” Russell concluded.

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