About

Williams is one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams. It exists purely to race in the top echelon of motor racing, where it has been winning grands prix for more than three decades.

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Our Partners

Williams has always been a family-run team and the family ethos extends to our partners, who support us every step of the way during the season. Find out more about our Official Team Partners below.

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Our People

Williams is a human capital business, with a wealth of diverse and driven team members all working towards the same goal. Find out more about our people below.

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Our History

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd is founded by Frank Williams and an ambitious British engineer called Patrick Head. The company is based in an empty carpet warehouse in Didcot, Oxfordshire, and enters a purchased March chassis in order to compete in F1 during the latter half of the season.

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Brazilian Grand Prix

Sergey Sirotkin finished 16th and Lance Stroll 18th in the Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazilian Grand Prix

Sergey Sirotkin finished 16th and Lance Stroll 18th in the Brazilian Grand Prix

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Gallery

Lance Stroll, Brazil

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Season Stats
  TEAM POINTS
1 MERCEDES 620
2 FERRARI 553
3 RED BULL 392
4 RENAULT 114
5 HAAS 92
6 MCLAREN 62
7 FORCE INDIA 49
8 SAUBER 41
9 TORO ROSSO 31
10 WILLIAMS 7
eSports

Williams eSports will compete in a range of online sim racing competitions this season. The team’s roster of elite gamers will represent Williams, racing in series and events on multiple platforms during the year.

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About Us

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. The company combines cutting edge technology and the industry’s best engineers, with precision and speed to market derived from four decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One.

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What We Do

The core competencies of Williams Advanced Engineering are sector agnostic and do not apply only to motorsport or even automotive. Already this expertise is being applied to sectors as diverse as retail and defence. If a company requires support in any of these areas of competence, the people at Williams Advanced Engineering can provide it.

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Technology and Innovation

The people at Williams are problem solvers, tackling the most complex engineering challenges on a daily basis. Customers come to Williams for help with their new innovations.

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Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics

Williams Advanced Engineering is unique in the desire and capability to apply expertise in high level simulation and aerodynamic know-how from the pinnacle of motor racing to other sectors. Born out of Formula One, working faster than almost anyone else, customers receive an advantage of speed of response and top of the range people, hardware and software providing full aerodynamic services.

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Electrification

Williams Advanced Engineering has created very high performance batteries in the Formula E programme, at the cutting edge of battery performance and management. Formula E is a test bed for electrification and new technologies that is now being transferred into prototype vehicles and road cars in award-winning projects.

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Advanced Lightweight Structures

Williams Advanced Engineering is using its breadth of experience in lightweight materials from Formula One, where lightweighting can make a significant difference on track, and other projects to offer new ideas and solutions to industry.

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Vehicle Programmes

Working with customers, the teams at Williams Advanced Engineering set targets to define the product concept, analyse, evaluate and optimise it, before then real world development refines the result to perfection.

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Specialist Product Delivery

From productions runs of one to the low hundreds, the people at Williams Advanced Engineering are experts in the quality manufacture of high performance products across industry.

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Business Dynamics

Taking lessons from four decades of success in Formula One to help clients apply winning philosophies to their own organisations, Williams Advanced Engineering uses data to setup for success, views regulation changes as an opportunity to gain competitive advantage while combining an understanding of whole system dynamics with detailed analytics, bringing understanding of human performance and developing high performance teams.

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Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund

Launched and managed by Foresight Group, the Fund benefits from a unique collaboration between Williams Advanced Engineering and Foresight Group, combining technological expertise from Williams and Foresight's track record in financial management.

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Simulation

Williams has extensive experience using state-of-the-art simulators in Formula One allowing drivers to prepare more effectively for Grand Prix.

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Working with us

Williams Advanced Engineering is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, providing world class capabilities to deliver energy efficient performance to customers and address the challenges of 21st century mobility and sustainability. Williams Advanced Engineering is also constantly searching for more top talent to deliver for the company and its customers.

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Williams joins the Royal British Legion to mark Remembrance Sunday

Williams will enhance its support of The Royal British Legion (RBL) for this year’s Remembrance Sunday, which marks the centenary of the end of the First World War

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Williams joins the Royal British Legion to mark Remembrance Sunday

Williams will enhance its support of The Royal British Legion (RBL) for this year’s Remembrance Sunday, which marks the centenary of the end of the First World War

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Event Rooms

10 multi-purpose event rooms offering great flexibility for events of up to 200 guests in a modern and inspiring surrounding

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Driver Suites

The Ayrton Senna, Piers Courage and Alan Jones driver suites

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Trophy Room

The Trophy Room houses a selection of the team's prestigious silverware

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Circuit Gallery A

The Monza and Hockenheim meeting rooms

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Circuit Gallery B

The Barcelona, Estoril and Jerez event rooms

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Museum & Tours

Housed in the award-winning Williams Conference Centre is Sir Frank Williams' private Williams Grand Prix Collection, the largest of its kind in the world, spanning the history of the Williams F1 team since 1978

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Gift Vouchers

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Activities

A wide range of activities are available at the Williams Conference Centre and can be used for team building and hospitality days or to enhance your events.

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Race Day Hospitality

Hosted at the Williams Conference Centre we offer a unique way to view an F1 race, with a review of qualifying, an exclusive live link up to a team member from the track, followed by the race itself

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Dining & Celebrations

We not only pride ourselves on the first class facilities and service we offer at the Williams Conference Centre, but also on our 5 star catering. Our in-house caterers offer the highest standard of cuisine, where possible using local organic suppliers and fair-trade produce

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Private Dining

As part of the first class facilities and service we offer at the Williams Conference Centre, we pride ourselves on our 5 star catering

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Car History

Williams Car History

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Guardians Of Honour

Williams has an ever-growing catalogue of illustrious Grand Prix cars. Now Jonathan Williams and Dickie Stanford must dovetail this sumptuous history with the high-flying Formula 1 team of today

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The Formula E Battery A Q&A With Paul McNamara

01 Jul 2016

As we approach the 2016/17 FIA Formula E season finale, culminating in a double-header in London’s Battersea Park, we caught up with Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering, to see how the battery has developed in season two and how this technology might impact the future of the automotive industry.

Q: After two seasons of Formula E, what have been the major breakthroughs of the project?
A: For us, Formula E acts as a proving ground for high power batteries working in harsh environments. We have been able to fully test and validate our cooling systems, charge retention and module design, and apply this technology to other projects outside of motorsport.

One of the key issues that we have wanted to address is the vibration and track loading demands of the street circuits used in Formula E. With new Formula E tracks being built specifically for the series on public roads, we had to make a series of assumptions in our original design without any data. Another difficulty was thermal management, given that batteries heat up rapidly when used in a harsh environment like a race track. Now, with real-life experience of the race locations over the course of two seasons, we’ve been able to incorporate improvements in these two areas. Another breakthrough for us was the power increase between season one and two. In season two the batteries are operating at 25% extra power during a race than they were initially designed for. It was a tough ask, but we have managed to successfully run and service the batteries with this increased demand.

Q: What have been the major challenges?
A: The two major challenges with building the battery for Formula E have been cooling and maintainability. The nature of the tracks and race locations mean that both of these aspects can affect battery performance. For instance, thermal regulation is vitally important at races with very high ambient temperatures. All of the cells in one battery work in a series, so each cell needs to be cooled and controlled well in order to perform. What’s more, with street circuits tending to be quite bumpy, maintainability is important as well. But learning from each season has meant we have already been able to redesign some of the features for improved performance and reliability.

Q: What have you noticed in terms of performance over the course of season two?
A: Performance has been good this season. Just like in season one, we have only had one on track failure during a race so far this season. We have been able to keep the battery more comfortably within the optimum temperature range by setting maximum cell temperatures, and by using a cooling system which keeps the temperatures where we need them. We can measure the battery performance during each session, and crucially the temperature of each individual cell to monitor how well the thermal management is working. In fact, the cells are so well managed that we are looking for second life applications for those from season one which would still be good for static storage applications. Unlike the kind of battery you might find in a laptop or phone, which would have a more limited life because of less thermal management.

Q: What are the aims for season three?
A: Regulations for season three are mandating that the batteries will be providing the same power within the same package as season two, so we will be carrying out a refresh programme. This means that, although we won’t completely change the battery, we have redesigned a number of components to improve maintainability and reliability even further. What’s more, we have tried to find ways to reduce the weight of the battery to help teams manage their overall car weight better.

Q: Has Williams been able to transfer some of the technology from Formula E to other projects?
A: The major outcome from Formula E has been the opportunity to add to our existing knowledge of batteries. Williams’ experience with batteries and energy storage started in Formula One when we developed KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) for our Formula One car. We then developed that technology for the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid concept car, learning even more about battery behaviour. Following on from the Formula E project, we have created a fully electric concept car for Aston Martin, the RapidE, and a battery to power a fully electric version of the Range Rover Evoque. In fact, we currently have a number of battery related projects on the go with major automotive OEM’s.

Q: What’s the future of the Formula E battery?
A: In my opinion, Formula E will continue to push the boundaries of advanced engineering and technology in a motorsport context. As electric cars become more popular, the interest in electric racing grows, bringing a new generation of fans to the races – and vice versa. The championship really is a point of innovation for electric road cars. We’ve been able to test and validate various aspects, such as safety requirements, which are important considerations in the creation of electric vehicles. Things such as flammability, cooling, crash testing and potential leaks have all been evaluated in Formula E and now massively influence our design when developing systems for road cars.

Season five will be a great example of Formula E acting as an incubator for technology, when there will be one car per race as opposed to the mandatory car swap in place at the moment. Whoever wins that tender will have to double the energy available in the same mass, which is something we have already looked at given our experience with the championship. We have already considered what changes could be made, including the battery integration, cooling system, power output and weight, with the knowledge we have gained so far from two seasons of racing.