Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC has announced today that Toto Wolff, husband of Williams F1 development driver and DTM racer Susie Wolff, will step up his role within the company from that of Non-Executive Director to become an Executive Director, supporting Sir Frank Williams in his continuing position as Team Principal.

The move follows the surprise departure of Chairman and Team Principal Adam Parr in March this year.

Sir Frank Williams, said: “Toto’s new role, working closely alongside myself, is about Williams looking forward and managing the successful running of the company. I am looking forward to our new working relationship and I have every belief that this partnership will help take Williams F1 from strength to strength.”

Toto Wolff, said: “It’s a great honour for me to be assisting and supporting Sir Frank in his role as Team Principal at Williams. I have been a shareholder in the business since 2009 and I am really looking forward to being able to take my responsibilities to a new level. I know that together we will work tirelessly to make the Group and team as successful as it can be.”

40-year old Wolff married Susie Stoddart last October, who subsequently became the team’s test and development driver in April. Wolff is a successful internet and technology investor, but unlike Parr, is also a successful race driver – he won the 24 Hours Nürburgring in 1994 and raced together with Karl Wendlinger in the 2004 FIA GT[2] Championship series.

Although technically ‘just’ an amateur racer, he is no less proficient than the pros, holding the previous lap record of the old Nordschleife with a time of 7:03 minutes in a Porsche 997 RSR.

Further insight: Who is Toto Wolff? (Joe Saward)