Tag Archive: Frank Williams

Mar 07

If Williams is a force in 2014, almost the entire paddock will celebrate the return of an F1 great.

Paddock to celebrate ‘popular’ Williams revival

2014-03-06 - Williams F1 Team - Martini livery 06 The newly Mercedes-powered team, having once dominated the sport but not won a title since 1997, has looked a dark horse contender for 2014 during pre-season testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 10

Former driver Pizzonia backs Williams to improve

“Look at the history — it is a team that can win” – Pizzonia

Antonio Pizzonia portrait Former team driver Antonio Pizzonia has backed Williams to bounce back into competitive form. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 23

Capitalising on Qatar link ‘my last big wish’ – Williams

“My last big wish is to bring our partnership with Qatar to fruition”

Claire WilliamsReaping the fruits of the collaboration with Qatar is Sir Frank Wiliams’ “last big wish”, he admitted on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 25

The Williams F1 Team is celebrating a landmark achievement this weekend at the British Grand Prix – reaching 600 races in Formula One.

Williams celebrates 600 races at the British Grand Prix

2013-06-09_1134Founded in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, Williams has secured 297 podiums, 114 race wins and 16 World Championship titles over the past 36 years.

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Mar 15

Maldonado no longer certain Venezuela backing will flow

Pastor Maldonado has admitted he cannot be certain his F1 career will continue long after the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

2013-03-03 - Williams F1 - Barcelona - Pastor Maldonado 012012-09-02 - Williams F1 - Belgium - Pastor Maldonado 0Sponsoring Williams via the state-controlled PDVSA oil company, Chavez died of cancer last week and Maldonado rushed back to his native country before Australia for his funeral. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 19

The Williams F1 Team Launches the Williams Renault FW35

Randstad and the Williams F1 Team Renew Partnership
The Williams F1 Team Announces New Partnership With Experian

2013-02-19 - Williams F1 Team - FW35 (4)2013-02-19 - Williams F1 Team - FW35 (1)The Williams F1 Team launched its 2013 race car the FW35, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain today. The latest Williams is a culmination of more than 12 months’ research and development by the team’s technical departments in Grove and features improvements in several key areas over last year’s race-winning FW34.

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Jan 29

Susie Wolff to debut Williams’ 2013 car

Susie Wolff will give Williams’ 2013 car, the FW35, its track debut next month.

Susie Wolff  2013-01-28Susie Wolff The famous British team has already announced that the Renault-powered single seater will not be at the opening test of the official pre-season at Jerez next week. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 05

Backer says Bottas not like other pay-drivers

Valtteri Bottas is not like other ‘pay drivers’ on the F1 grid, his main backer insists.

2012-11-04 - Williams F1 - Abu Dhabi - Valtteri Bottas 012012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Valtteri BottasThe young Finn, set to debut for Williams next year, is backed by Antti Aarnio-Wihuri, whose company Wirhuri is a global industry and trade conglomerate. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 17

Bottas admits Williams race debut ‘ideal’

Valtteri Bottas, currently Williams’ reserve and ‘Friday’ driver, has admitted a race seat at the British team would be “ideal”.

2012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Valtteri BottasValtteri Bottas portraitThe young Finn is hotly tipped to step up for his grand prix debut next year, with the reigning GP3 champion now focusing only on his F1 duties, and managed by Williams shareholder and new executive director Toto Wolff. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 13

‘Too early’ to decide 2013 drivers – Wolff

“Will Pastor or Valtteri be top drivers in the future?  I believe so”

2012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Toto Wolff 012012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Sir Frank WilliamsWilliams’ driver lineup will “definitely” remain in place this year, team shareholder and executive director Toto Wolff insists. He joked that a change of policy will happen “when the sun falls from the sky,” according to Speed Week.

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Jul 30

‘Frank Williams happy’ with Senna’s progress

Bruno Senna was feeling confident about the future after Sunday’s Hungarian grand prix.

2012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Sir Frank Williams2012-07-21 - Williams F1 - Germany - Bruno SennaSurrounded by burgeoning paddock rumours the Williams shareholder Toto Wolff-managed Valtteri Bottas will surely get a race seat in 2013, Brazilian Senna has struggled during his first half-season with the British team.

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Jul 24

Toto Wolff becomes an Executive Director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC

Wolff to assist team boss Frank Williams

2012-04-15 - Williams F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Toto Wolff 01Williams Grand Prix Holdings logoToday it has been announced that Toto Wolff will become an Executive Director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC with immediate effect, stepping up his role within the company from that of Non-Executive Director. In his new role Toto will assist and support Sir Frank Williams in his continuing position as Team Principal.

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Jul 19

Susie Wolff still on track after de Villota crash

Susie Wolff is sure she will get more chances to prove her skills in a formula one car

Susie Wolff  portraitMaria de Villota © DPPI - F. Le Floc'hSome insiders saw the serious injuries sustained by Maria de Villota during a recent straight-line test for Marussia as a major setback for F1’s other female driver. But Wolff, who is a test driver for Williams, remains scheduled to drive the FW34 in October. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 27

Williams back in charge after Parr exit

Sir Frank Williams has revealed he is back at the helm at his famous British F1 team.

2012-06-09_08652010-06-13 - AT&T Williams - Adam Parr - Patrick HeadAlthough still the major shareholder and team principal, the now 70-year-old had taken a step back at the Oxfordshire based team, including stepping down from the board.

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Apr 11

Susie Wolff appointed Development Driver for the Williams F1 Team

The Williams F1 Team (Ticker: WGF1) today confirmed that Susie Wolff will join the team as its Development Driver.

2012-04-11 - Williams  F1 - Susie Wolff portrait09 - Williams F1Born in Scotland, Susie Wolff has had the classic racing career, beginning in karting and then moving to junior single-seater series and was twice nominated for the prestigious Young Driver of the Year Award before moving up to DTM. In 2012, Susie will contest her seventh season in DTM.

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Apr 10

Still some ‘gentlemen’ in F1 – Sauber

There are still some “gentlemen” in F1, team boss and owner Peter Sauber insists.

2012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Peter Sauber 032012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 05Amid the recent F-duct debate, it was suggested that Mercedes’ Ross Brawn had broken a teams’ ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ that the technology should not be pursued. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

Williams Grand Prix Holdings Board announcement

Claire Williams will join the Board

Williams Grand Prix Holdings logo2011-02-09 - AT&T Williams - Patrick Head - Sir Frank Williams 02Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today announced that Claire Williams will join the Board with effect from 1 April 2012 as Director of Marketing and Communications. The key marketing position at Williams has become available following the decision of Dominic Reilly to leave the Company at the end of March. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 27

Prost failed to find Williams new sponsors

Prost will not see ‘Senna’ movie

Evans Stievenart - Alain Prost - Nicolas Prost2004_02_29_am_auto_12_07Alain Prost has conceded it will be difficult for the once-great Williams to return to the top in formula one. The legendary Frenchman won the last of his four world championships with the famous British team, which in 1993 was utterly dominant. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

The Williams F1 Team launches its 2012 season line up

Williams rejoins Renault for its engine partnership.

2012-02-07 - Williams F1 - FW34 launch 012012-02-07 - Williams F1 - FW34 launch 02The Williams F1 Team unveiled its 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship season entry, the Williams Renault FW34, at the Jerez circuit in Spain today. This year marks the team’s 35th year competing in the sport which it will do with a revitalised line-up. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 17

Sticky: Williams F1 confirms Bruno Senna for 2012

Q & A with Bruno Senna

2012-01-17 - Williams F1 - Bruno Senna 042012-01-17 - Williams F1 - Bruno Senna 01Williams F1 (Ticker: WGF1) today confirmed that Bruno Senna will contest the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship for the Williams F1 Team. The appointment finalises the team’s line up for this year following confirmation in December that Pastor Maldonado will enter his second season in Formula One as a Williams race driver. Bruno will make his debut with the Williams F1 Team in Jerez on 9th February at the first of the winter tests.

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Jan 17

Long Williams stint ‘not ideal’ admits Rosberg

Nico Rosberg has admitted his four-year tenure at Williams was “not ideal”.

2011-10-14 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Korea - Nico Rosberg 022011-10-14 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Korea - Nico Rosberg 04At the age of 20, the German made his formula one debut with the famous British team in 2006, leaving only for Mercedes GP four full seasons later. This year, he will spend a third consecutive season as the great Michael Schumacher’s highly respected teammate, while still looking to add a single race victory to his tally of now more than 100 grand prix starts.

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Jan 11

Williams F1 announces new partnership with Michael Johnson Performance Inc

Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Michael Johnson

Williams F1 logoWilliams F1 (“Williams” or the “Group,” Ticker: WGF1) is delighted to announce a new sponsorship agreement between the team and Michael Johnson Performance Inc, a company founded by Olympic gold medalist and world record holder, Michael Johnson. MJP focuses on training top level athletes in all sports, and this new partnership will enable the Williams F1 Team to ensure every aspect of its performance is at the highest level.

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Dec 31

Patrick Head steps down from the Board of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC

Patrick co-founded Williams F1 in 1977 with Frank Williams

2011-02-09 - AT&T Williams - Patrick Head - Sir Frank Williams 01 Williams Grand Prix Holdings logoWilliams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today confirms that Director of Engineering Patrick Head will step down from its Board of Directors with immediate effect. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 01

Pastor Maldonado confirmed for 2012 with Valtteri Bottas joining as reserve driver

“He will play a critical role in 2012 as we rebuild the team and move forward.” – Frank Williams

2011-07-24 - AT&T Williams - Germany - Pastor Maldonado 012010-07-24 - AT&T Williams - Valtteri Bottas 02AT&T Williams today confirmed that Pastor Maldonado will enter his second season in Formula One as Williams’ race driver; and also announced the promotion of Valtteri Bottas to Reserve Driver.

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Nov 27

Randstad increases commitment to AT&T Williams

Randstad’s presence on the cars and throughout the team will be revealed in 2012

2011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 022011-11-26 - AT&T Williams - Brazil - Rubens Barrichello 05Williams F1 (“Williams” or the “Group,” Ticker: WGF1) is pleased to announce an extended and upgraded sponsorship agreement between the team and longstanding partner, Randstad Holding N.V. ahead of the 2012 season.

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Sep 13

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes hires Sam Michael as Sporting Director

Williams F1 confirms Sam Michael will join McLaren 

2011-06-10_12142011-07-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Germany - Jenson Button 02Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is delighted to announce that Sam Michael will join the team as Sporting Director from the 2012 season onwards. With 18 continuous years in the industry, Sam is a hugely experienced Formula 1 professional. After starting his Grand Prix career with Team Lotus in 1993, he joined Jordan Grand Prix in 1995, where he established the team’s R&D group before progressing into a senior race engineering role.

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Aug 16

Journalist tips Bianchi for Williams debut

Bianchi has had a difficult GP2 season but is still highly regarded by Ferrari.

GP2 - Lotus ART - Jules Bianchi portraitGP2 - Lotus ART -  Jules BIanchiA veteran journalist has linked GP2 driver Jules Bianchi with the Williams seat currently occupied by Rubens Barrichello for the 2012 season. Brazilian Barrichello, the most experienced driver in formula one history, is waiting to have his contract renewed by the famous British team.

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Jul 21

Barrichello reveals contract talks in Germany

Adam Parr indicated it is very likely the 39-year-old will be re-signed

2011-07-09 - AT&T Williams - Britain - Sam Michael - Rubens Barrichello 012011-05-28 - AT&T Williams - Monaco - Rubens Barrichello 05Rubens Barrichello on Thursday revealed he has scheduled talks about his future with Williams at the Nurburgring this weekend.

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Jul 11

Williams likely to keep drivers for 2012

Williams is likely to retain its current driver lineup for the 2012 season, according to chairman Adam Parr.

2011-06-26 - AT&T Williams - Spain - Pastor Maldonado - Rubens Barrichello 012011-07-09 - AT&T Williams - Britain - Sir Frank Williams 01Team boss Frank Williams at Silverstone described Brazilian veteran Barrichello as “superb”, while rookie and reigning GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado is improving and his Venezuelan sponsor PDVSA is under contract to the famous Oxfordshire based team.

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Jul 04

Williams Renault legendary partnership revived for 2012

Renault Sport F1 and Williams F1 are delighted to announce a long-term chassis-engine partnership.
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Q&A with Adam Parr Chariman, Williams F1
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Williams switches to Renault power for 2012

2011-07-04 - AT&T Williams -Renault Sport F1 (5)2011-07-04 - AT&T Williams -Renault Sport F1 (4)Renault Sport F1, the F1 division of Renault, will supply AT&T Williams with its championship-winning V8 power units for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In addition to the supply of its Formula One engines, the newly-formed alliance includes several other exciting business and marketing opportunities, with a view to continuing after the introduction of the new, energy efficient, turbocharged V6 engines arrive in the sport in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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