Pujolar joined the team as Pastor Maldonado’s race engineer in 2011 before taking up the role of chief engineer for the 2013 season. Despite playing a part in Maldonado’s victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, Pujolar found that the situation at Williams had become too difficult in 2013 as the team picked up just five points in total.
“Last year, the situation at Williams was quite difficult, and I did not feel happy,” he explained to El Confidencial. “Therefore, I decided on an alternative.
“I had spoken with Toro Rosso on a number of occasions and it seemed to be a growing team with great potential. I knew people within the team like Franz Tost. They wanted me, so the moment I contacted them I was offered the position of head engineer.”
At Williams, Pujolar believes that there were a few problems as the team found itself battling well outside of the points in 2013.
“It’s complicated. The team was very good, but the times have changed greatly. Teams are organised differently and you have to accept that times are changing and you need to organise in a different way… and accept that you’re no longer world champions; you’re down. And this is difficult.”
However, Pujolar believes that the changes made at Williams will put the team in good stead, although he personally favoured a move to Faenza.
“But now I think they are making changes and will improve.
“Personally, I needed a change of scenery. I have spent eleven years in England with my family and this factor also helped me to decide. We needed a change and had the opportunity to move.”
Williams has made a number of changes ahead of the new season, bringing in Pat Symonds and Felipe Massa as part of the new structure in place. Massa’s former engineer Rob Smedley is also expected to make the move to Oxfordshire. Finally, Martini is expected to return to the sport as the team’s title sponsor in 2014, possibly kick-starting a better era for the British team.
Pujolar will work as Jean-Eric Vergne’s engineer at Toro Rosso in 2014.
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