James Vowles

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James Vowles
Born (1979-06-20) 20 June 1979 (age 39)
Felbridge, East Sussex
Nationality United Kingdom British
Alma mater Cranfield University - Master's degree in Motorsport Engineering and Management
Occupation Formula One Chief Strategist
Employer Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Spouse(s) Victoria Vowles (Wife)

James P. Vowles, born 1979 in Felbridge, is a British motorsport engineer, currently working in Formula One with the Mercedes team as their Chief Strategist.[1]

Vowles was responsible for the Brawn GP race strategy, which was critical to the team's championship-winning 2009 campaign.[2][3] Prior to Brawn GP, Vowles worked in Formula 1 as an engineer for Brawn GP's predecessors British American Racing and Honda Racing F1. The team was later bought by Mercedes.


Vowles attended the International School of Geneva, graduating in 1997. He went on to the University of East Anglia obtaining a degree in Computer Science in 2000, followed by a Master's degree in Motorsport Engineering and Management from Cranfield University in 2001, receiving the Prodrive Award of Excellence.

He is married to Victoria Vowles, Marketing Operations Director at Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Formula One World Championships[edit]

Seasons Constructors' Champion Drivers' Champion Cars Engine
2009 Brawn Jenson Button Brawn BGP 001 Mercedes
2014 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid Mercedes
2015 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid Mercedes
2016 Mercedes Nico Rosberg Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid Mercedes
2017 Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ Mercedes


  1. ^ Mercedes GP Art of Strategy. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010
  2. ^ Brawn GP James Vowles Feature. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009
  3. ^ Formula 1 race engineer Interview Jock Clear on James Vowles. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2009