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Williams F1 Team Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Big Silverstone Event
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Williams F1 Team Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Big Silverstone Event

Williams F1 Racing team has some big news for motorsport fans. The Silverstone-based outfit has run a series of its iconic F1 racing cars in a big event at Silverstone to mark the F1 team’s 40th anniversary.

According to Motorsport.com, thousands of F1 fans have bought free tickets for the big Silverstone event. The Silverstone-based outfit has just run Nigel Mansell’s title–winning FW14B racing car on the track for the first time since its 1992 successful title-winning campaign.

Former Lotus F1 driver and now the official driver of the Williams Heritage Division, Karun Chandhok has been tasked to complete a handful of laps in the iconic FW14B racing car. The Indian racing driver started his F1 racing career in 2010, racing for Hispania Racing team. He also joined Lotus F1 team signed up as a reserve driver.

Legendary F1 driver Nigel Mansell was also in the big Silverstone event along with several ex-Williams F1 drivers, which include Mark Webber, Damon Hill, Pastor Maldonado, and F1 title-winner Keke Rosberg. Current Williams’ drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were also in the big Silverstone event.

Another racing big name, F1 world champion and Mercedes-AMG driver Nico Rosberg has also made a huge presence in the said big event. The German F1 driver has raced for Williams between 2006 and 2009 but won his first F1 world title with Mercedes-AMG in 2016.

In addition to Nigel Mansell, Williams founder Sir Frank Williams has also attended the said big racing event. This was Williams’ first public appearance since he returned home from the hospital. He was joined by Williams co-founder Sir Patrick Head, who just flew in from the island of Sicily in Italy. 

The two have founded the Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977, and have run a March chassis in that F1 season. Additionally, F1 bosses Sean Bratches and Ross Brawn were also in attendance, along with deputy team principal Claire Williams.

The Silverstone-based outfit plans to run the iconic FW14B and FW08B racing cars for parade laps during the British Grand Prix weekend. It also announced plans to host a static display of its iconic F1 cars at Silverstone.

Williams Grand Prix Engineering is an England-based racing team and constructor, founded by team owner Sir Frank Williams and engineer Sir Patrick Head in 1977. The English team currently compete in F1 racing as Williams Martini Racing. 

Along with racing giants Ferrari, McLaren, Benetton and Renault, Williams F1 is just one of a group of five F1 racing teams that made the most wins. Only the Maranello-based Scuderia Ferrari has won more than Williams F1 Racing’s amazing nine Constructors’ Championships (1980-1997) and seven Driver’s Championships titles (1984-2008).

Aside from motor racing, Williams also has a business interest in advanced engineering. The Silverstone outfit has just established the Williams Advanced Engineering and Williams Hybrid Power, which developed technology, originally created for F1 racing and applied it to commercial applications.

 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Video Credit: Williams F1 TV/Youtube.com 

 

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