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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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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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March 30, 2015 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments

Symonds admits Ferrari is ahead of Williams F1

Pat Symonds has admitted that Williams F1 has fallen behind a resurgent looking Ferrari F1 team in the pecking order after the team lost out to new Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel in the race to finish third at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last weekend.

The Grove based team was forced to start the race with only one car after the FIA medical team deemed Valtteri Bottas unfit for racing but Felipe Massa was not able to take his chances and finish as best of the rest in third position, despite starting the race from third place and lost out to Vettel.

Massa ran the early part of the race in the podium places and also made an early pit stop, which, in theory, should have helped him to maintain his position considering the fact that he had fresher tyres. Yet, such was the Ferrari F1’s pace over them that Vettel was able to overtake him from the pit, rejoining the race ahead of the Brazilian.

And Symonds said that Williams F1 has a lot of work to do because Ferrari F1 is quicker than them at the moment.

He also said that tactically, it was quite a difficult race and the team felt the way Vettel was right behind the team at all times, he must be pretty quick and they had to avid the undercut and as a result, went for an early stop and Vettel showed how quick he was in those two laps. (more…)

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December 6, 2011 / by admin / Uncategorized / No Comments

Engineering Director Steps Down

Williams have recently seen their Engineering Director Patrick Head finally leave the team that he has had such a huge part in setting up and running over the years. Head has been involved in the team in various positions since its creation in 1977. When Sir Frank Williams made the decision to start a team, he asked Head to be the designer, and they split the ownership of the new team with Williams taking 70% and Head taking 30%.

They secured the backing of Saudi Airlines, and hired the Australian driver Alan Jones, and in the 1978 season they won 11 points using Patrick Head’s first car, the FW06. After this, the team entered a period of fantastic expansion and success, getting on the podium for the first time in 1979. By 1980, Head’s was the best car out there, and during the 80’s the Williams team won both the Drivers’ world championship, and the Constructors world championship. Head moved to the post of Technical Director in this period, overseeing the design process and even had to briefly take control of the team in 1986 when Frank suffered a serious injury. The early 90’s also saw a period of Williams dominance, with Adrian Newey working on the designs with Head.

In the last few years however, Head has started to take more of a backseat in proceedings, and was made Engineering Director in 2004, when Sam Michael succeeded him as Technical Director and since then has appeared less and less frequently. “Even… when we were winning championships, I didn’t go to all the races,” said Head, “There was usually somebody else, like Frank Dernie, Adrian Newey, who did half the races and I did the other half. In recent years, I’ve been doing less than half the races, anyway.” Williams will be sad to see their inspirational designer finally retiring from Formula 1, but with new hands guiding the team they will hope that next season will see an improvement in their form, and Head promises he will still be watching their progress closely as a major shareholder.

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