F1 technical director James to depart after more than 25 years
Andrew James is to step down as technical director of Formula 1, ending his long stint with the top motor racing series.
After more than 25 years across several roles with the organisation, it has been mutually agreed that James will step down from his position at the end of May following a restructuring of Formula 1's media and technology centre at its UK headquarters.
James has been credited with playing an instrumental role in creating and implementing many of the sport’s technical systems and processes and keeping it up to date with new technology, including the establishment of its modern broadcast centre.
He was also key in the transition to remote operations for its coverage of Grand Prix weekends amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While this shift was prompted by the pandemic, Formula 1 is looking at potentially using the remote system as a long-term solution.
James helped the series overcome many challenges during his near three-decade tenure, notably during the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix when he oversaw the relocation of Formula 1’s media and technology centre in the face of a typhoon threat to allow the race to still be broadcast live.
Ross Brawn, Formula 1’s managing director of motorsport, said: "Andrew has been a pillar of our organisation for more than 25 years and his contribution has been immense.
"We wouldn't be where we are today without his ability, commitment and dedication."