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07/01/11
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Kolles could lose job in HRT management shuffle UPDATE
Colin Kolles
(GMM)  Williams shareholder Christian 'Toto' Wolff has played down reports Colin Kolles' next destination might be the famous British team.

It has emerged that, with HRT now making plans for the future by strengthening its technical and management team, the Spanish team's Romanian-born German boss is set to step down.

Some specialist reports have suggested former Force India chief Kolles, whose Greding headquarters is effectively HRT's technical base at present, could move on to Williams.

"Colin is a friend of mine," Austrian Wolff, who is the largest Williams shareholder after Sir Frank Williams, is quoted as admitting to German website motorsport-total.com.

It is believed Kolles has in the past been engaged privately by Wolff in various business capacities.

"If I was ever involved in a company that needed a great fireman to rescue it from collapse, Colin would be my man," he said.  "But we are absolutely not in that situation at Williams."

06/28/11 (GMM)  There are management changes afoot at the back-of-the-grid HRT team.

It was rumored at Valencia last weekend that Geoff Willis, the Spanish team's technical director, could soon move into a higher management position.

At the same time, Germany's motorsport-total.com reports that Gary Savage, formerly a close colleague of Willis' at BAR/Honda some years ago, is close to signing on at HRT in a senior technical post.

Savage was seen in the paddock at Montreal and Valencia, and HRT confirmed that it is in "advanced discussions" with the engineer.

Another ex-BAR man already at Hispania is Jacky Eeckelaert.

GrandPrixActual reports that the Willis/Eeckelaert/Savage trio, with Hispania to soon kick off its aerodynamic program in BAR's old wind tunnel at Mercedes' Brackley facility, might result in current HRT boss Colin Kolles losing his job.

Team owner Jose Ramon Carabante said: "He helped this team to be born but I have not signed a lifetime contract with Colin Kolles.

"If we agree, we will continue together, and if not, we will go on with other people."

Should Kolles leave, it would raise many questions about the basic structure of HRT, with the team effectively based at the moment at the Romanian's TME facility at Greding, Germany.

Meanwhile, with technical director Sam Michael set to leave and Mike Coughlan now starting work, Williams on Tuesday announced two more senior appointments.

Jason Somerville, joining from Renault, will be the new head of aerodynamics, while former Toyota man Mark Gillan is joining as chief operations engineer.

"We now feel that, together with Mike, Jason and Mark can form the right technical leadership to take the team forward as we work our way back to the front of the grid," said Sir Frank Williams.

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