Mark Gillan, the Williams team’s chief operations engineer and one architects behind the Grove outfit’s revival, has made the shock announcement that he has quit his post to “spend more time with his family”.
Hailing from positions at McLaren, Jaguar, Red Bull Racing and Toyota, Gillan joined Williams its dreadful 2011 Formula 1 season and promoted to the role of chief operations engineer during the team’s major technical reshuffle.
While the team endured the worst season in its history as a constructor in 2011, finishing a woeful ninth in the Constructors’ Championship standings, its form improved dramatically in 2012.
While it may have only improved by one place in the 2012 standings, the team was regularly at the sharp end of the field and claimed its first win since 2004 when Pastor Maldonado drove to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The team confirmed the announcement to AUTOSPORT, but declined to comment further on the circumstances of his departure or who would replace him as the central figure to its race weekend operations.