Williams F1
Pandemic sees ROKiT Williams forced to take measures
By Andrew Hooper
April 6 2020

With the uncertainty of the 2020 Formula One season as it is impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic the Williams has been forced to take action in regard to furloughing staff as well as various staff taking pay cuts. Those taking the pay cuts included the drivers as well as senior management at the team.
 
 Pandemic sees ROKiT Williams forced to take measures
 

With the uncertainty of the 2020 Formula One season as it is impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic the Williams has been forced to take action in regard to furloughing staff as well as various staff taking pay cuts. Those taking the pay cuts included the drivers as well as senior management at the team.

The ROKiT Williams Racing Team issued the following statement:

"Due to the ongoing situation involving Covid-19, ROKiT Williams Racing is temporarily furloughing a number of employees as part of a wider range of cost-cutting measures.

The furlough period will last until the end of May whilst senior management, and our drivers, have taken a pay cut of 20% effective from 1st April.

These decisions have not been taken lightly, however our aim is to protect the jobs of our staff at Grove and ensuring they can return to full-time work when the situation allows."

With the pandemic creating a situation where Formula One has been forced to either cancel races of postpone them this has had a major impact on various team including Williams as they struggle to cope with the loss of revenue due to the fact that races are not going ahead. McLaren had previously gone down the same path taking advantage of a government scheme that allows companies to furlough staff, paying 80% of wages up to 2,500 per month.