McLaren F1 team manager Dave Redding to join Williams

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McLaren Formula 1 team manager Dave Redding will join Williams later this year before taking over from the latter’s sporting chief Steve Nielsen for 2018.

Redding has worked with McLaren for 17 years, but is set to take over full responsibility for Williams’ team management next season.

“From the start, our sporting manager, Steve Nielsen has always been clear about his desire to do less traveling following the end of the 2017 season and we fully understood and respected his request given he has been in traveling roles for over 30 years,” Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said.

“Steve has done a fantastic job since joining the team in 2014, from restructuring the race team to the brilliant work in driving the turnaround of our pit stop performance.

“We can confirm that Dave Redding will join Williams as Team Manager later this year to work alongside Steve to ensure a seamless handover ahead of taking full responsibility for the race team in 2018.”

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said supported Redding’s decision, but moved quickly to begin the team’s own handover process.

“Dave was offered an opportunity with another team, and we didn’t want to stand in his way,” Boullier said.

“Let’s not forget, he’s been at McLaren for 17 years, and I think we’ll always fondly consider him a McLaren man, even when we see him wearing another team’s uniform in the paddock later this year. We’ve been discussing this together for some time; it’s not a sudden decision, and we’re happy for him.

“Besides, we had the option of waiting until the middle of the year before replacing him, but we feel that we’ve got a really strong group of people who are ready to step up and take on new responsibilities – which is exciting.

“Consequently, Dave will be spending the next few weeks handing over the Team Manager role to his successor, Paul James, before finishing off his McLaren career with a factory-based role ahead of his leaving us in the middle of the year.”