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#1 Mastah

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:08

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Adam Parr has resigned from Williams. He will leave Williams on Friday 30 March 2012.


http://adamcooperf1....-from-williams/

Holy balls, that's surprising.

Edited by Mastah, 26 March 2012 - 06:09.


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#2 Little Leaf

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:22

http://adamcooperf1....-from-williams/

Holy balls, that's surprising.


Wow, Frank had only recently talked him up about taking over completely when he retires.

Edited by Little Leaf, 26 March 2012 - 06:22.


#3 packapoo

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:23

Just another step on the way for the Williams' revival.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:27

http://adamcooperf1....-from-williams/

Holy balls, that's surprising.

I admit, I didn't see this one coming.

#5 teejay

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:28

Wonder what has bought this on?

#6 Schumacher7

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:54

I just flicked onto Sky Sports News and scrolling along the bottom it says Williams F1 chairman Adam Parr resigns, anyone got any news on this and know why?

#7 ivand911

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:56

Yes ,it is on Autosport too.

#8 britishtrident

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:58

I just flicked onto Sky Sports News and scrolling along the bottom it says Williams F1 chairman Adam Parr resigns, anyone got any news on this and know why?


From reports it seems like he had his own reasons perhaps best not to pry.

#9 Stormsky68

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:59

total surprise

I'm sure I've read / heard before Frank felt Parr was his natural successor

#10 teejay

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:01

Considering the regard he is held in by Frank, makes you wonder if its something outside F1 like health etc.

Hopefully not.

#11 ivand911

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:06

Life in F1 is very busy. Maybe he wants to be with his family.

#12 lokiman

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:14

Wonder what has bought this on?


Take it with a grain of salt, but motorsport-total is reporting that Parr and Bernie had personal 'issues' that were holding up the signing of the new Concorde Agreement.

Edited by lokiman, 26 March 2012 - 07:15.


#13 Wiggy

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:14

Wife left him probably, with all the travelling.

#14 Lights

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:22

Just when they're showing potential. Must be family/travel related I guess.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:25

A shame that Parr is leaving, and I'm saying that because Frank Williams has poured positive remarks over him all the time, so he must've been valuable. He says Parr wants a "better balance in life", so while his wife is hopefully still with him, it could indeed have been something like that; she was fed up and threatening to leave.
His replacement I know nothing about.

...and I hope Coughlan stays for a looong time.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:25

Take it with a grain of salt, but motorsport-total is reporting that Parr and Bernie had personal 'issues' that were holding up the signing of the new Concorde Agreement.


Bernie did say that Parr had to go and make way for Wolff, something about the changes have to start from the top.

I'm a bit shocked given that Frank stood by him while everyone was calling for his head, and the recent glowing statement about him before the season.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:31

And TOTO is not at the head but ex_CFO of DIAGEO is on the board... (temporary?)

Hope the current pace continue.

#18 One

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:32

Ii
I was confident they would move upp, after they announced him. Now it should be Parr and (cough cough!) Coughlan for Ferrari...
:o


It there any ground for this claim? Parr and Coughlan to Ferrari...?

#19 the9th

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:51

It there any ground for this claim? Parr and Coughlan to Ferrari...?

Nope, not that im aware of. But maybe he should take Lucas job, which was up for grabs. :p


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#20 Owen

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:01

Just when they're showing potential. Must be family/travel related I guess.

Talks about life 'balance'. He also mentions his time there was 'challenging'. I think he's just reviewing his priorities in life.
As someone else said, clearly a very personal decision.

#21 PayasYouRace

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:02

Surprising turn of events considering the team look to be on the way up again. Given the lack of detail I assume it's a personal issue, so we just have to respect his decision and move on.

It might have actually come at a good time. With a major team reshuffle, they can have the new guy settle in without it feeling like he's the only new part of the team. Hopefully the team continues its upward trend.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:08

Well, Parr is leaving:

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/98402

If he left along with Sam Michaels last year I wouldn't mind, but now that team has found a good form I hope this won't distabilize it (although it's more of an political position which doesn't effect car development)

Edited by joora, 26 March 2012 - 08:08.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:09

@adamcooperf1: #F1 Given the timing one could speculate that there may have been some internal strife at Williams re the Concorde Agreement
@adamcooperf1: #F1 'Tis said on the grapevine that Bernie Ecclestone is not a member of the Adam Parr Fan Club...

#24 Sevach

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:12

@adamcooperf1: #F1 Given the timing one could speculate that there may have been some internal strife at Williams re the Concorde Agreement
@adamcooperf1: #F1 'Tis said on the grapevine that Bernie Ecclestone is not a member of the Adam Parr Fan Club...


I'd say that's the winning theory at the moment.

#25 Tonka

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:13

Williams hasn't signed the new Concorde Agreement with Bernie. That's the first time ever that Williams hasn't asked "how high" when Bernie has told them to jump.

Only one other large team hasn't signed, Mercedes and they're possibly on their way out of F1.




#26 Absulute

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:16

If I had to put up with Maldonado's driving, I'd quit too.

#27 tommyhjortasen

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:45

Sorry to see him go. Isn´t Franks daughter stepping up in the team now when he is retairing. Perhaps it´s an issue between them.

Can´t see Bernie or Wolf behind this.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:49

...@adamcooperf1: #F1 'Tis said on the grapevine that Bernie Ecclestone is not a member of the Adam Parr Fan Club...


And Max said that Whitmarsh is a dimwit (or words to that effect). I don't think the team principals let themselves be swayed by external opinions like that. Especially in this case, since SFW has stood by Parr at all times bad. So when the times seems to be getting good (witness second rate drivers mixing it at the top) I wouldn't think SFW's support would wane.



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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:52

Sorry to see him go. Isn´t Franks daughter stepping up in the team now when he is retairing. Perhaps it´s an issue between them.

Can´t see Bernie or Wolf behind this.


Claire? She literally just got the director of marketing job to replace Dominic Reilly (who's also ironically leaving on March 30th) I doubt she's in any way related to Parr leaving.

But the haste of Parr's resignation is weird. Nobody resigns with 4 days notice so either he has some personal issues (hope not) or Bernie is somehow involved in this.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:58

What a strange sequence of events... within weeks of Frank stepping down and announcing Parr as his natural successor, and with one of the most competitive cars for almost a decade in their hands, he leaves and is replaced by a professional businessman.

I can't believe that relationships with Bernie are so sensitive in the paddock that it is impossible for a chairman that he does not like to retain his job. Bernie doesn't like anyone, only the deals.

If it is a personal issue then it has come about very quickly indeed.

Edited by sosidge, 26 March 2012 - 09:01.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:01

Wife left him probably, with all the travelling.


Or is threatening to. Obviously most in F1 are well compensated and it must be great seeing all the exotic places but life on the road is hard, especially on families, even more so now the season stretches right to the back end of November.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:13

How very unexpected. There must of been something real urgent in his personal life to force Parr to leave with such short notice, otherwise I can't understand why he is going.

About his replacement, Nick Rose from Diageo, it seems like he is only taking over the Chairmanship of Williams. Looks like they need to find a new CEO as well now.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:15

If Bernie does have anything to do with this then it's fair to say that the FOM is probably a little too far into the team's affairs.....forcing an MD out of a company because you're finding him difficult to work with (i'll assume the alternative for Bernie was refusing to deal with him and letting the team suffer financially as a result) is beyond the pail, entirely inappropriate behaviour.

#34 IceSkyrim

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:15

"Mercedes and Williams have yet to agree to the new Concorde Agreement, the pact between F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and the teams, because they would like extra bonuses based on their history in the sport."

http://www.bbc.co.uk...ormula1/gossip/

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:35

I don't like Parr's attitude but if he was the driving force behind the recent changes then he's an asset to the team. I can't see Frank caring about anything other than that, he won't be swayed by Bernie, he's a hard headed Blue-Blood of F1.

Unfortunately I would say health is the most likely excuse, hope i'm wrong though.

#36 Boing 2

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:10

Doesn't appear to have spooked the market anyway.

http://www.google.co...m...WGF1&ntsp=0



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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:15

Williams hasn't signed the new Concorde Agreement with Bernie. That's the first time ever that Williams hasn't asked "how high" when Bernie has told them to jump.

Only one other large team hasn't signed, Mercedes and they're possibly on their way out of F1.


You're forgetting 1997, when Williams, along with McLaren and Tyrrell dragged it out. If anything Williams is one of the teams that isn't afraid to stand up to Bernie.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:20

Mr. Buxton evidently didn't think too much of him.

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Landed in Dubai to the news Adam Parr will leave Williams. All I can say is Thank Christ. Maybe they'll put a racer in charge like Jonny.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:23

@EliGP: According to Spanish media, Parr and his replacement Rose have both left Williams. Poor Rose couldn't even start in his new job...
@EliGP: We are talking about newspapers with more than one F1 correspondent here

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:27

@EliGP: According to Spanish media, Parr and his replacement Rose have both left Williams. Poor Rose couldn't even start in his new job...
@EliGP: We are talking about newspapers with more than one F1 correspondent here

What is going on here? :confused:

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:27

Claire? She literally just got the director of marketing job to replace Dominic Reilly (who's also ironically leaving on March 30th) I doubt she's in any way related to Parr leaving.

But the haste of Parr's resignation is weird. Nobody resigns with 4 days notice so either he has some personal issues (hope not) or Bernie is somehow involved in this.


Well one theory may be that Parr really was there with goals to take the complete leadership and maybe saw some things that made him realize than in future years that role will go to William's daughter and didn't want to waste his time anymore.

Edited by Siperoth, 26 March 2012 - 10:28.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:28

@EliGP: According to Spanish media, Parr and his replacement Rose have both left Williams. Poor Rose couldn't even start in his new job...
@EliGP: We are talking about newspapers with more than one F1 correspondent here


I doubt that's accurate

Nick Rose, Chairman, said, “I would like to thank the Board for nominating me as Non-Executive Chairman of Williams. When I joined the Company, my single purpose was to help restore the team to its former glory. Frank and the Board believe that I can best do this as Chairman and I gladly accept this responsibility. A lot of good work has been done to get us to this point but we must continue to work hard if we are to achieve our objectives.”
http://www.williamsf.../news/view/2096

nobody does a 180 in the space of minutes

EDIT:

Well one theory may be that Parr really was there with goals to take the complete leadership and maybe saw some things that made him realize than in future years that role will go to William's daughter and didn't want to waste his time anymore.


well that's long term, Claire isn't in any way shape or form Chairwoman ready right now. So the 4 day notice from Parr would make no sense. But who knows

Edited by engel, 26 March 2012 - 10:29.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:28

You're forgetting 1997, when Williams, along with McLaren and Tyrrell dragged it out. If anything Williams is one of the teams that isn't afraid to stand up to Bernie.



A long time ago, Williams were still winning back then.



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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:50

@EliGP: According to Spanish media, Parr and his replacement Rose have both left Williams. Poor Rose couldn't even start in his new job...
@EliGP: We are talking about newspapers with more than one F1 correspondent here


This sounds weird.

Could be some sort of fight for the total leadership in the team. Frank and his daughter have to have som part in it.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:52

Parr probably has had enough of the leaches Ecclestone/CVC.
They're draining the sport of most of it's money, while teams are hardly turning a profit.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:18

Williams hasn't signed the new Concorde Agreement with Bernie. That's the first time ever that Williams hasn't asked "how high" when Bernie has told them to jump.

Only one other large team hasn't signed, Mercedes and they're possibly on their way out of F1.


Ahh, but I think you are wrong. Mr E has told Frank to jump very high. His request being get rid of that IDIOT Parr. Frank jumped higher than he ever has done. I am sure when we see the next financial results from the PLC there will be a one off payment somewhere in there to MR A.PARR.


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:26

Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if Parr was an obstacle for Williams to get a good deal with Bernie.. wouldn't be the first time..

There's a story going along the lines of Williams being scheduled to meet Ecclestone last week for the Cooncorde negos, and Bernie wanted to deal with Frank Williams directly, and definitely not with Parr..

Edited by Slowinfastout, 26 March 2012 - 11:31.


#48 Owen

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:28

Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if Parr was an obstacle for Williams to get a good deal with Bernie.. wouldn't be the first time..

Why do you think people have a problem dealing with Parr?

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:33

Isn't it more likely that Parr was in fact pushing for what anyone in his position would consider a "fair" deal, but that alone made him Public Enemy #1 with Bernie?

I'd bet my own money that McLaren and Red Bull didn't get what they're actually "worth" to F1 - maybe Ferrari did, but the others are dreaming - it's more a case getting as "good" a deal out of Bernie as possible. Maybe Parr was playing hardball and Bernie didn't like it?

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:33

Why do you think people have a problem dealing with Parr?


Look it up, it's not people in general, it is Ecclestone, for some reason he will have none of Adam Parr...

The first time I became aware of this is when they had that big meeting about the KERS some years ago, the weekend John Howett lost his marbles and all..

Ecclestone basically humiliated Parr in front of everyone.