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Williams' Sam Michael to join McLaren as sporting director

Michael, whose last race with Williams will be Singapore, said "I've spent 11 seasons with Williams, have many fond memories... in the near future, however, I will become 100 per cent focused on McLaren." Frank Williams added, "I am delighted that Sam has found a new role that will enable him to continue to apply his energy, passion and experience to F1."

16 September 2011 - Source
rondennis   Ron Dennis
Christ, they get Coughlan and we get Michael... what the hell is going on, a bloody prisoner swap?
MycLaren   Martin Whitmarsh
Rest assured Ron, due to past experiences we have done a thorough background check and have determined that Sam does not have a criminal record.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
He should be arrested for the disaster he made out of the Williams team in a short decade.
rubens   Rubens Barrichello
Thank you Fernando, I've always known that it was our technical department that was 100% to blame for our woes.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Not so fast Rubens - I hope you have a good alibi, as your decrepit driving is strongly suspected of being an accomplice to the crime.
rubens   Rubens Barrichello
That's so unfair, I'm just doing the best I can with the tools I have at my disposal.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Funny you mention "disposal" Barrichello, rumour has it that's what Williams are planning to do with you at the end of the season.
schumi   Ralf Schumacher
I had the pleasure of working Sam with at both Jordan and Williams, and I'd like to extend my congratulations on a great move for him.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
I'm sure the pleasure was anything but mutual Dannii. I wonder what the hell was he thinking when he followed you to Williams just 2 years after he'd gotten rid of you at Jordan.
schumi   Ralf Schumacher
Maybe he craved collaboration with my skills and racecraft again - he probably didn't enjoy working with Frentzen at Jordan when I left.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
I've told you before never to use the F word Dannii. Anyway I can imagine it was a fairly cushy job being your race engineer - heading off home early from half the GPs after you've ditched it in the gravel again.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
I have to say, Frank Williams seems very happy for someone who's just lost a long-term senior employee.
Williams   Frank Williams
I would like to thank Sam for some of his years of service, I'm delighted he has found a new role and we don't have to pay his wages any more.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Every penny counts these days Frank. You probably got Coughlan on the cheap too, what with his reputation and all.
Williams   Frank Williams
Christ, I wish... the bloody 24-hour security guard on the photocopier room is costing us a fortune, more than making up the difference.
rubens   Rubens Barrichello
It's so unfair, I'm the team leader and I don't even have 24-hour protection.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
Apparently your team values you below the photocopier Barrichello. Which is strange, seeing as you've spent much of your career performing a very similar function - producing slightly inferior copies of your team-mates' lap times.

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