Downton have this evening announced previous Team 23 team owner and principal Andae d'Hazorme as their new Deputy Team Principal and co-Technical Director. d'Hazorme will take on a role not previously held within the team and work alongside long time technical director Declan Johnson in the development of the BD03 and the design of the 2016 car, the BD04.
Speaking in an event this evening Downton announced the news and sought to clarify that he was still very much committed to the team, but that having a deputy was vital to keeping the team competitive.
'For the past two seasons I've run this team solely on my own, and it's been brilliant, but at times tiring. I'm doing so much I have no time to look into the finer details of how we can improve and finally take that first victory.'
'The appointment of Andae as my deputy team principal is a vital one to keeping the team at the sharp end of the grid. He also had a fantastic technical brain, and can greatly assist Declan in the development and design of our cars.'
'I'd also like to stress that I don't for one second plan on handing over control of my team, however there will be a two week period in early May when Andae will take charge because I will be living it up on holiday in Mexico.'
'I've known Andae for a few years and I have complete faith in him to run the team as I want, but also for him to interpret his own ideas and techniques. He's a race-winning team principal, and I'm delighted to have him on board.'