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Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan leaves Williams // Williams face another technical reshuffle

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Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan leaves Williams
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Williams have found themselves minus one Chief Operations Engineer, after it was revealed last night that Mark Gillan has left the Grove based outfit. The official word is that he wants to spend more time with his family, but there has been no word on who may replace him, or why it was such a sudden departure.

Gillan joined the team at the tail end of the 2011 season, in the technical reshuffle that was put in place to try and boost Williams up the grid. Back then, Gillan set out his objectives for 2012, saying: “We aim to make a good jump in terms of points. We are on the cusp of getting into Q3, by the end of the season, that has to be the goal.” With a win under their belts, and many top ten qualifying appearances by Pastor Maldonado, Gillan appears to have achieved his aims.

And before he left, he talked of the team’s future plans, saying: “There are areas of this car over the winter which we need to improve... for next season, but you’ve also got to balance 2014 on the horizon. That’s a very important season...”