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Formula One: Massa’s Monaco helmet design

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Williams Martini Racing have released images of Felipe Massa’s special edition Monaco helmet design. Under FIA regulations it is understood Massa will not be permitted to use the helmet during on track sessions, although it is possible the team have agreed a form of  dispensation.

The penatly for electing to run an alternative design is believed to be financial only, it could be that Massa or Williams have elected to pay a fee in order to use the design. The helmet design itself comes from Brazilian Street Artists OSGEMEOS translated as “THETWINS”, Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo.

More information on OSGEMEOS can be found here

Further design images:

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Formula One: Williams sign Global Finanz Organisation

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Williams Martini Racing have entered into a new commerical partnership with Global Finanz Organisation. The partnership will Financial.org branding on the mirrors of the Fw38, alongside branding in the team environment from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards. From the Canadian GP branding will be extended to driver and teamwear.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of Williams, added: “We are delighted to welcome Global Finanz Organisation as a new addition to our partner community. We will be working together to use the global and high profile nature of Formula One to raise the profile of their financial platform and ultimately help the website to continue its growth.”

Financial.org focuses on providing financial education and knowledge, smart investment, and interactions between its members and financial service providers. Its goal is to build a large global member based financial platform that increases the financial literacy of its users and provides business networking opportunities, allowing them to make smarter decisions with their money.

Click here to visit Financial.org



Formula One: Williams saving lives

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Williams has been assisting the neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff by bringing Formula One pitstop know-how to help in the resuscitation of newborn babies.
Recognising the similarities between neonatal resuscitations and Formula One pitstops, the resuscitation team at UHW invited members of the Williams Formula One team to the hospital last year for an exploratory meeting to discuss how Formula One techniques and processes could be incorporated into their work. Wednesday 4th May saw members of the neonatal team from UHW visit the Williams factory in Oxfordshire to observe the team practice pitstops to see first-hand how they operate.
Both scenarios require a team of people to work seamlessly in a time critical and space-limited environment. In Formula One, a pit crew can change all four tyres on a car in around two seconds, with a team of nearly 20 people working in unison to successfully service a car. Williams has a dedicated human performance specialist who works with its pitcrew to fine tune the technique, processes, team work and health and fitness of team members. Their experience previously treating new-borns in clinical practice has facilitated the transition of knowledge between the two industries and they have been the primary advisor to the hospital. Williams’s pitstops have been a real success story for the team in 2016, recording the fastest stops of any team at each of the first four races of the 2016 Formula One season.
Following these site visits, the neonatal team has identified and started implementing a number of changes to improve its resuscitation processes that are based on those used in Formula One racing. The resuscitation equipment trolley has now been audited and streamlined to ensure that equipment can be located as quickly as possible. The neonatal team have mapped out a standardised floor space in delivery theatres to clearly show the area for the neonatal resuscitation team to work in; copying the customised floor map the Williams team takes to races to map out the specific pit box requirements at each track. The pitstop resuscitation team at UHW are also in the early stages of implementing Formula One communications and analysis techniques, including the use of a “radio-check” prior to a resuscitation, greater use of hand signals rather than verbal communication, and video analysis to analyse performance following a resuscitation with debrief meetings as standard.
Speaking about the project Dr Rachel Hayward, specialist registrar in Neonates at the University Hospital of Wales said; “Resuscitation of a compromised neonate at delivery is time critical, requiring the provision of efficient and effective resuscitation to ensure an optimal outcome. Delays in providing effective resuscitative care can have marked consequences on survival or the development of long term complications. There is a growing amount of evidence to support a systematic approach to resuscitative care which is time-critical and dependent upon optimal team dynamics and clear communication. Analogous with the requirements of an effective pitstop we have worked with the Williams team to implement Formula One techniques and processes to augment neonatal resuscitative care”.
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal of Williams, added; “When we were approached by the Neonatal team at the University Hospital of Wales last year to offer some advice we were delighted to assist. Their work is vitally important and the pressure they work under is difficult to comprehend; it’s a matter of life and death every day of the week. If some of the advice we have passed on helps to save a young life then this would have been an extremely worthy endeavour. We are increasingly finding that Formula One know-how and technology can have benefit to other industries and this is a great example.”

Formula One: SKY & Williams bring VR to F1

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Sky is launching a major new commitment to Virtual Reality (VR) content, bringing its expertise in storytelling to the creation of immersive experiences that will put the viewer right at the heart of the action. Over the coming months, Sky will transport fans of sports, movies, news and entertainment to locations around the world, offering a truly unique perspective on major events.

To step up the production of VR content across all its markets, Sky has created Sky VR Studio, a dedicated in-house VR production unit. The first pieces of fully immersive VR content to be produced by the unit will be released on Friday – two unprecedented films shot during Formula 1 testing in Barcelona, which will transport viewers to the pit lane, into the team garages, and out onto the track.

The two F1 VR experiences, which were produced in conjunction with Formula One Management and Williams Martini Racing, will be made available via the Facebook 360 Video platform. The full VR experience will also be available on the Oculus platform, and viewable on the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift headsets. Later in the year, Sky will look to distribute content through a dedicated Sky VR app.

Over the coming year, Sky VR Studio will drive the creation of cinematic, fully immersive VR content, producing more than 20 individual films, across a unique range of Sky content – from major cultural events in news to some of the biggest sporting events on the planet.

The team, which is led by Executive Producer Neil Graham, includes production staff with rare and valuable experience in VR film making. It will be bolstered with the addition of award-winning VR director Richard Nockles, who directed Sky VR Studio’s F1 film, and is behind a wide range of VR projects for a number of global brands.

Sky has been building its expertise in VR for a number of years. In 2013, the company invested in Jaunt, a US-based company pioneering cinematic virtual reality. Since then, Sky has been carrying out testing across a range of events. Already, the Sky News team has produced ‘360’ videos, taking viewers to the centre of the migrant crisis with footage from the refugee landing beach in Lesbos, and the refugee camp in Calais. Sky Movies also trialled the technology at the recent premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving a unique view of the red carpet.

  • JWGP will post updates on the VR content from Williams and Sky as they become available.

Formula One: Paul di Resta Confirmed at Williams

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Williams have this morning announced Paul di Resta as its official Reserve Driver for the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship season.
Paul made his Formula One debut in 2009 as a test driver with Force India Formula One Team, after winning the European Formula 3 Championship in 2006. Paul subsequently secured the DTM title in 2010 and in 2011 made his Formula One race debut with Force India where he spent three seasons with the team, scoring a total of 121 points.
Paul will spend extensive time with the team at races to ensure he is fully accustomed to the controls and procedures of the Williams Mercedes FW38, should he be required to step into the cockpit during the season. He will also spend time integrating himself into the team with some simulator sessions to ensure he is fully prepared for his role this season.
Speaking about his new role Paul said: “I am delighted to be joining Williams as reserve driver and look forward to the 2016 season. It will be a busy year combining both driving in DTM with Mercedes AMG, and attending the Formula One Grands Prix in my new reserve driver role. I will be giving my full support to both and look forward to the exciting possibilities the year has ahead. I would like to thank Claire and Williams for the opportunity to be part of the team.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal of WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING added: “We are delighted to welcome someone with Paul’s experience to the team. Having competed in 58 Formula One races throughout his career Paul’s racing knowledge will be invaluable. We are also confident that given his recent Formula One and current DTM experience Paul will be able to confidently step into the FW38 and assist with our 2016 campaign.”

Formula One: Cybex joins Williams Martini Racing

 Cybex International UK, a leading supplier of premium commercial fitness equipment, has today been announced as an Official Supplier to WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING.
The announcement was made at the opening of the new Williams Cybex Gym, a 330 m² training facility onsite at the team’s headquarters in Grove, Oxfordshire.
Home to more than 35 pieces of premium cardiovascular and strength training equipment from Cybex, the new gym will be used by Williams’ 700+ staff, including the team’s pitstop crew and drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas when onsite at the team’s headquarters.
The gym comprises equipment from Cybex’s 700 cardio series and the new SPARC, Cybex’s self-powered resisted cardio machine which was launched in the UK last month. The gym also includes equipment from the Eagle NX and Prestige VRS selectorised strength lines, Bravo Functional Trainer, Big Iron lifting platform and a range of plate loaded, free weight and functional training equipment. Also installed were Concept2 rowers and a functional rig from Exigo.
As part of the exclusive five-year agreement, the Williams Cybex Gym will become a new UK showcase site for the fitness equipment manufacturer; Cybex will also have access to the Williams Conference Centre to host a series of dinners throughout the season.
Speaking at the launch of the new gym, Mike O’Driscoll, CEO of Williams said: “The new Williams Cybex gym we have opened today is state of the art and provides our 700 employees with a fantastic new on-site workout space. We have an extremely active workforce at Williams, and the impressive facilities Cybex have provided will ensure every member of our team has the opportunity to conveniently maintain a healthy lifestyle alongside their professional routine.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of Williams Martini Racing added: “I am delighted to present the all-new Williams Cybex gym to our employees. Cybex fitness equipment is precision engineered to produce top results for users ranging from the first-time exerciser to the professional athlete, so it was the perfect choice for us. With performance, results and innovation being key values of both brands, it makes Cybex and Williams a natural fit. This top of the range facility will have a positive impact across the group, with performance benefits particularly for our mechanics. Pitstops in modern day Formula One are complex and require the mechanics to be in peak physical condition. Our team members have thorough training regimes and this new facility will be the focal point of their fitness work going forwards when away from the track.”
Rob Thurston, commercial director at Cybex UK, said: “Williams F1 has a longstanding history of delivering fantastic results in one of the most technically competitive sports in the world. The team and the business that has been built around producing racing cars to the highest performance standards is centered around innovation, excellence, precision and world class engineering and so we are proud to partner with Williams and proud to work with an organisation that shares so many of our values.
“In working with the team at Williams we were determined to meet their requirements for the wide range of users in the gym. It’s an unusual brief to cover first time gym users, to pit lane crews to F1 drivers so the equipment was carefully selected to not only provide a state-of-the-art training facility that is accessible to Williams’ growing team at Grove but to also maximise the portfolio of equipment where athlete conditioning is of paramount importance.  We are proud of the gym we have designed and installed and excited about our new partnership with Williams and for Cybex equipment to be aligned with Williams’ commitment to delivering the very best for all their employees.”

Formula One: Williams Fw38 reveal in detail

The new Williams Mercedes FW38 was unveiled today ahead of the first pre-season test in Barcelona, Spain next week.
For a third successive season the iconic red, white and blue stripes of WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING will be lining up on the Formula One grid, with the team looking to build on a successful 2015 season that resulted in four podiums and a third place finish in the Constructors’ Championship.
Commenting on the new FW38 Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, said; “Williams has started to cement our position back amongst the front running teams after finishing third in the Championship in the past two seasons. This has been a great achievement given the resources of those around us. Staying where we are will be a challenge in itself, but we are determined to keep improving because only winning will ever be good enough.
“We have a very stable team going into 2016, with Felipe and Valtteri teaming up for a third successive season. They work well together and both have the ideal blend of speed and consistency. Our technical team has also remained very consistent which will be to our advantage and we have some of the best engineering minds on the grid at our disposal.
“We have a busy couple of weeks of testing coming up to learn more about our package and to refine the car ahead of the first race. We will have to wait until Melbourne to find out exactly where we stand in the pecking order but I’m confident that our hard work over the winter will stand us in good stead.”
Felipe Massa added; “Securing third in the Constructors’ Championship for two consecutive years is a great achievement and one that comes with a lot of expectation – a momentum which I am excited to build on going into the new season. The team at the factory have worked really hard on the new car and we have spent a lot of time understanding where we need to improve. I have a lot of confidence in the team at Williams and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the FW38 to see how it performs. I’m equally delighted to be teammates with Valtteri for another year. He is a very talented driver who brings a lot to the team.”
Valtteri Bottas, who is about to embark on his fourth season in Formula One with Williams, said: “This is always a really interesting and exciting time of the year because we have a new car and we can’t wait to get it out on track to see how it feels and how fast it is. It’s been a good winter and from what I’ve seen we seem to be headed in a good direction with this car. Testing next week will be our chance to see how our performance has improved since the last race. The development of the FW38 has been all positive in theory, now we just need to see it on track.
“As a team we need to be able to win races, which is what we are always trying to do. I’m sure we have made improvements everywhere as a team, so we’re definitely looking to fight for better results this year. I’d like to thank everyone at the factory for their hard work over the winter in getting the car ready.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, concluded. “2016 promises to be a very competitive year in Formula One and there will be a number of strong teams who have us in their sights. We are confident that we have made a step forward over the winter and that the FW38 will build on the strengths of the FW37 and address some of its weaknesses. We started design work on the car earlier than normal and hopefully this extra development time will stand us in good stead.
“The car we are launching today is by no means the final product. We are already planning updates for Melbourne and will be pushing for constant improvements over the course of the season. Williams enters 2016 in a strong place. We have a great team of people and over the past two years we have started to regain our competitive edge. Now we need to build on that and take this team back to where we all want it to be.”
The FW38 will take to the track for the first time on 22nd February for eight days of testing that concludes on 4th March. The season officially gets under way at the first race in Melbourne, Australia, on 20th March.
Williams Mercedes FW38 Reveal: A Q&A with Pat Symonds
As Williams unveils its 2016 challenger, Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer talks through the development and design of the Williams Mercedes FW38 ahead of the first test in Barcelona.
Q) What was the conceptual thinking behind the FW38?
A) The FW37 was a pretty effective car and so we concentrated on understanding the areas where we could improve it without losing the attributes which made it effective. It is no secret that the low speed performance of the FW37 didn’t match its high speed performance so a lot of time was spent looking into why this was and subsequently making changes, which we hope will improve the situation. On top of this we looked at the normal physical obstacles to development that one always meets during the life of a car and tried to push those barriers back.
Q) When did the design process start?
A) This is always slightly difficult to answer precisely as one is always discussing the path of improved performance with the senior engineers. However in mid-January 2015, before the FW37 had even run, we held a meeting to try and work our way through a concept ‘shopping list’ and to narrow down the areas in which we hoped the FW38 would out perform its pre-nascent forerunner.
As we started running the FW37 we could see more clearly the design directions we wanted to take with the next car and at the same time started laying out the basic architecture such that critical path items would hit their design release targets.  The monocoque and gearbox, for example, fall into this category as both need considerable time, not just in design but also in structural analysis.
Q) Other than a host of new cars what else does 2016 bring?
A) Well we have very few changes to the technical regulations. As always we are trying to improve safety and so the cockpit sides adjacent to the driver’s head are not only higher but they are also significantly stronger.
Something the spectators may notice more is that the engines will sound a bit sharper. Over the winter we can expect more power from improved combustion and this will in itself produce a bit more noise but perhaps more significantly the turbo wastegate is no longer plumbed into the main exhaust. This should not only produce an engine note that is around 12% louder than before but may also from time to time trigger some of the dramatic sounds we all associate with high performance turbo charged engines.
Q) So technically not much change – what about the sporting regulations?
A) Here we can expect to see much more change particularly with regard to tyre usage. It has long been recognised that the more prescriptive a set of rules are, the more similar the outcomes of a competition will be. With this in mind it was decided to introduce an additional fifth tyre compound at the soft end of the spectrum and, more importantly, give the teams greater freedom in the choice of tyres they use.
While I don’t think this is an earth shattering change it still has the potential to spring the odd surprise from time to time.
Q) What about Williams – how will 2016 pan out for the team?
A) One can never tell because no matter how much effort you put in and no matter what the magnitude of your improvements all things in sport are relative.  This means the outcome of the season is not just a function of your efforts but those of your competitors as well.
At Williams we are honest about our mistakes and try to learn from them. Just as in the design of the car we always analyse strengths and weaknesses, so we do with the team. This has led to several operational changes for 2016 which, although not particularly visible from the outside, should see the team better able to cope with the many variant scenarios that racing will inevitably throw at them.
One strength we take into 2016 is stability. It is easy to underestimate the power of this but with the same driver pairings and continuity in the engineering team we hope to be up to speed quickly – something particularly important with only 8 days of pre-season testing.
Q) So predictions for 2016 then…
A) I have been in the sport far too long to fall into the trap of making predictions. Over the last couple of years Williams has regained the competitive spirit it was so long famous for. I want to harness and augment that spirit and use it to drive us forward in a progressive manner while always keeping a strategic eye on the future and in particular the big changes due for 2017.

Formula One: Williams F1 Team reveal FW38


The Williams F1 Team have this morning released images of the FW38. In so doing they are they first team to reveal images of a true 2016 contender.

Whilst the images do not give too much away it is clear the team have retained a Matte finish to their livery, similar to that seen in the Red Bull Racing livery earlier this week. The livery style itself appears largely unchanged. The images also depict the increased head protection regulations, with side head rests size increasing by 20mm. The style is reminiscent of executions seen 20 years ago when the regulations where first introduced.

Hackett branding has taken increased prominence on the headrest of the car, from the images released it would appear the Hearst owned publication Esquire has not renewed it’s agreement with the team.


Formula One: Williams F1 Team preview 2016 and beyond


In an interview with Mobil 1 The Grid, filmed at the Autosport International Show in the UK earlier this year. Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer for the Williams F1 Team previews the 2016 season and gives insights into what we can expect from 2017 and beyond

Commenting on the minor technical changes in regulations for 2016, beyond the increased cockpit protection, Symonds remarks the season could lead to interesting results with teams having more opportunity to refine design rather than revolutionise. Increased freedom in tyre specification available over a race weekend should have a positive impact on racing.

Symonds is keen to compliment the Williams driver line up and the benefits of driver stability can bring to a team.

When discussing the proposed technical regulations changes for 2017 Symonds highlighted no clear consensus around the regulations has been found, but the expectation is a move to wider machines with greater levels of downforce and mechanical grip. Formula One in the eyes of Pat Symonds should be at the forefront of technology and innovation. The Williams F1 team, as the lead independent team in recent seasons is supportive of such a direction.

Formula One: Williams Development Driver Lance Stroll set for Daytona 24hrs Win!

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With 7 hours remaining Martini Williams Racing development driver Lance Stroll and his team mates Brendon Hartley and Andy Priaulx are running on the leap lap in the top class of the event and currently placed 4th overall.

Driving for the Ford EcoBoost Riley DP Team, Lance Stroll performed admirably through the night of the gruelling event, which saw the Deltawing driven by Katherine Legge running in contention for the win in the early stages of the race.

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