Another major part of the F1 paddock will join next week’s Autosport International with news that UK and Ireland TV broadcaster Sky Sports F1 will be hosting a number of shows at the NEC throughout the event from January 14-17 for the visiting fans.
Joining Williams, Sky Sports F1 will be located in a specially-constructed studio at the NEC, with its household name hosts interviewing special guests from the Grove-based team including current Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa among many others.
As part of a major revamp of the Autosport Stage, the Sky Sports F1 studio will be located immediately next to another must-see feature – the eight metre-tall Williams Martini Racing motorhome, which will be constructed inside the NEC for the duration of Autosport International, the first time it has been erected anywhere outside of an F1 paddock.
Sky Sports F1 will bring along a host of its most famous presenters, including Natalie Pinkham, Ted Kravitz, Simon Lazenby and Rachel Brookes. Together they will host two shows per day on Thursday 14th January and Friday 15th January with three shows per day on the weekend, giving visitors an exclusive opportunity to watch a show.
In addition to Felipe Massa, special guests from Williams being interviewed by the Sky Sports F1 crew will include Williams Martini Racing Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams, Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer of Williams Martini Racing and Head of Performance Engineering, Rob Smedley.
As well as watching a show, event-goers can feast their eyes on a collection of eight Formula One racers from Williams’ history on display outside the Williams Martini Racing motorhome, stretching back to its very first season in 1978. Fans will also get the chance to see a Williams-Cosworth FW08C in the Live Action Arena.
Claire Williams, Williams Martini Racing Deputy Team Principal, said: “Bringing the F1 world closer to our fans is really important to us, so being able to join up with Sky Sports F1 at Autosport International is just fantastic. We’re all looking forward to taking part in the shows.”
Martin Turner, Executive Producer Sky Sports F1 said: “We’re delighted to join forces with Williams at what is one of the world’s premier pre-season motorsport events – Autosport International. It will be a thrill to have such a major presence, hear some great insight from the stars of such a great team and interact with all the fans.”
Ian France, Autosport International show director, said: “With Sky Sports F1 hosting shows from the NEC for the first time ever, visitors to Autosport International will really be getting the chance to soak up some F1 atmosphere away from the racing circuit.”
To come along to what promises to be the most exciting and action-packed edition of Autosport International to date, log on to www.autosportinternational.com to get your tickets now.