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Williams initiates sporting manager transition

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Williams has confirmed that Dave Redding will join the Grove-based outfit later this year, taking over from current sporting manager Steve Nielsen following a transition phase.

McLaren announced Redding's departure on Tuesday night and his replacement by chief mechanic Paul James.

"From the start, our sporting manager, Steve Nielsen has always been clear about his desire to do less travelling following the end of the 2017 season and we fully understood and respected his request given he has been in travelling roles for over 30 years," said Claire Williams, deputy team principal.

"Steve has done a fantastic job since joining the team in 2014, from restructuring the race team to the brilliant work in driving the turnaround of our pitstop performance.

"We can confirm that Dave Redding will join Williams as team manager later this year to work alongside Steve to ensure a seamless handover ahead of taking full responsibility for the race team in 2018."

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