Williams stalwart Dickie Stanford has left his role as race team manager of the Formula 1 squad ahead of the 2014 season.
The Briton is one of Williams’s longest-serving members, having originally joined as race mechanic to Nigel Mansell in 1985. He moved up through the ranks and first took on the race team manager role in 1995, staying in that position for 10 years before taking a factory-based job so he could spend more time with his family.
After returning to a travelling position as test team manager, Stanford took over the race team manager position full-time again in 2010.
It is understood that discussions between Williams and Stanford are ongoing to define his future role within the organization.
Former McLaren technical co-ordinator Peter Vale has been appointed by Williams as its new race team manager.