May 16, 2017 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments

SIXTH PLACE IN BAHRAIN IS LIKE A VICTORY – FELIPE MASSA

As Williams continues to set the pace at the front of the midfield, its team driver, Felipe Massa believes that coming off in sixth positionon Sunday in the Bahrain Grand Prix was like getting a victory.


On the opening lap, Massa made a good start to pass Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen. Following the restart of the safety car, he was even able to rise to as high as fourth.

However, Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo were able to battle back past en route to P4 and P5 respectively while a delighted Massa rode on to finish sixth on team owner Frank Williams’ 75th birthday.

Massa who spoke after the race said he was very happy with the performance today even though Frank deserved an outright victory.

“Definitely I’m happy with the performance today. Frank deserved a victory, but I would say today is like a victory. We finished in the best position we could, I fought the whole race, great start, great first lap overtaking Kimi, but also after the safety car, overtaking Daniel,” he said. (more…)

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April 1, 2017 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments

Williams Has A New Tech Chief

Williams has a new chief technical officer who has joined in from Mercedes.


This is definitely an up for the team as they gear up for the new 2017 F1 season. Mercedes has been in the top of the game and it is hoped that Paddy Lowe will bring in new techniques and insight for the Williams team. He has recently assumed his role from his former position in a Mercedes, prior to that he had been technical director with McLaren. The senior role that he has been given at Williams should be a good career move for him and should prove beneficial for the team.

Lowe replaces Pat Symonds, who has ended his contract with Williams as the last season came to an end. Lowe also gains a shareholder position in the team and he would become part of the team of board of directors alongside the likes of Mike O’Driscoll and Claire Williams. (more…)

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February 13, 2017 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments

WILLIAMS RACING WELCOMES BACK FELIPE MASSA

Williams Racing has confirmed that Felipe Massa has agreed to re-join the team on a one year deal after coming out of retirement to replace Valterri Bottas.


Massa alongside Lance Stroll had made his formula one debut in the 2017 FIA formula one world championship. After joining Williams in 2014, Massa has been instrumental to the team’s improved performance supporting resurgence to third place in the constructor’s championship in his first and second years.

Addressing the announcement, Massa said;

“I am very happy to have an opportunity to return to Williams. I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve.

“Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events over the winter, and I wish him all the best at Mercedes.”

He said that he had always looked forward to walking with lance as he had known the driver for several years during which he watched his talent develop greatly, he stressed that he looked forward to seeing what they can achieve together. (more…)

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December 14, 2016 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments

WILLIAMS TEAM TO PRESENT MASSA WITH FORMULA 1 CAR

With his retirement getting closer, the Williams team has decided to present Felipe Massa with the Formula 1 car which he had raced in at his final home Brazilian Grand Prix as what they call a “leaving gift”.


Massa will be drawing the curtains down on his F1 career after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. At a special team farewell party held on Saturday night at the Yas Marina paddock, the Brazilian was at the centre stage.

Claire Williams, deputy team principal, had paid glowing tribute to the so many contributions by Massa since joining the outfit in 2014. After that, she announced that apart from the presents of a photo album and a specially commissioned cartoon to illustrate his career, Massa would be given his Brazilian GP chassis as well.

Title sponsor, Martini had ensured that the car featured a unique rebranding by replacing its name with “Massa” on the car.

An emotional Massa who struggled to hold back tears after hearing the announcement, told everyone that he was filled with gratitude for everything Williams had done for him, (more…)

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August 20, 2016 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments

Williams Team Bet On Button

Williams’s team has been hinting at Jenson Button joining up their team, but they are not willing to wait too long for that to happen.

Preliminary discussions have been held with the racer who is heralded as the former world champion. A deal has been negotiated for 2017 however, talks have not moved to the final stages as yet.

The Williams team is based out of Grove and they would like Button to come and lead the racing team. The fact that they would like Button to come on board has been made clear, but there are other candidates as well who are lined up to join the team next year.
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June 6, 2016 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments

Williams To Retain Focus On F1

The financial reports reveal that Williams Formula 1 has a good strategy in place.


The team has been in doldrums for about a decade. However, having invested in F1 operations since 2014 the team seems to be getting back on the ground financially. The independent F1 team might not be looking rosy as yet this year, but the season is yet to unfold.

The team has had two finishes in third places. That in turn has attracted several sponsors. That in turn has boosted the revenues of the F1 team of the company. The team has reported profits this year and hopes to improve upon the same after incurring over a million in losses in 2014. The company has also seen profits coming in from the division of Advanced Engineering. The company has its core expertise in motor sport and automotive but it is now expanding to defense as well as aerospace.

The two new business areas are poised for growth. Also, as these divisions go on longer contracts and are less cyclical in nature, O’Driscoll feels that it will bring instability for the company. (more…)

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