James Vowles

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James Vowles
Personal information
Nationality British
Born 20 June 1979
Felbridge, East Sussex
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Formula One
Team Mercedes

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, Partner Services Director at Mercedes AMG Petronas.


  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