Long-time Williams stalwart Dickie Stanford has been appointed to the position of the team’s General Manager for its Heritage arm, a new division responsible for the maintenance and public demonstration of its historic Formula 1 machinery.

Stanford joined Williams almost thirty years ago as a mechanic to Nigel Mansell, rising through the ranks to become the team’s Chief Mechanic and later its Team Manager in 1995. He held that position for ten years before opting to take a break from F1 to spend more time with his family, returning in 2010.

Stanford was absent from the Australian Grand Prix paddock at the start of the year, prompting wild speculation that he’d been sacked by the team, when in fact they later confirmed he’d stepped back to a more factory-based role prior to the Heritage GM position coming up.

“I have a lot of passion for the company and its heritage and the opportunity to take charge of our historic car programme is too good to turn down,” Stanford said in the team’s media release announcing his appointment.

“With the formation of Williams Heritage as a distinct division within Williams, we will be well placed to ensure that our legendary cars continue to be well looked after and showcased to Formula 1 fans for many years to come.”

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