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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Mexican Grand Prix Preview

We cross the border for the final leg of the last back-to-back of the season, as we visit Mexico City for Round 19 of the FIA Formula One Wold Championship.

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Mexican Grand Prix Preview

We cross the border for the final leg of the last back-to-back of the season, as we visit Mexico City for Round 19 of the FIA Formula One Wold Championship.

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Gallery

Williams garage, United States

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Season Stats
  TEAM POINTS
1 MERCEDES 440
2 FERRARI 427
3 RED BULL 266
4 RENAULT 100
5 HAAS 78
6 MCLAREN 52
7 FORCE INDIA 37
8 TORO ROSSO 30
9 SAUBER 19
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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Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.7m into Innovative E-Bike System Company FreeFlow Technologies Limited

Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.7m into Innovative E-Bike System Company FreeFlow Technologies Limited

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Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.7m into Innovative E-Bike System Company FreeFlow Technologies Limited

Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.7m into Innovative E-Bike System Company FreeFlow Technologies Limited

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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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Collection & 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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Exclusive Tours

We offer bespoke tours for 10 or more guests with tailored catering

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Public Tours

The Williams Conference Centre is home to the largest private collection of Formula 1 cars in the world

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School and College Tours

Escorted tour of the Williams Grand Prix Collection, accompanied by an audio-visual commentary of the team's history and the stories behind the cars

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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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Faraday Battery Challenge chooses Williams-led consortium to grow UK vehicle battery leadership

12 Jun 2018

The UK Government’s Faraday Battery Challenge has chosen a consortium led by Williams Advanced Engineering to develop further innovative lithium ion battery systems for vehicles.  The consortium, with Imperial College London, Zap & Go, PowerOasis and Codeplay, seeks to research and deliver higher power, higher energy batteries using fewer cells that last longer and charge more quickly than today’s technology.

Such higher power, lighter, longer life batteries that charge more quickly would deliver greater range for electric vehicles, a key challenge for future sustainable mobility.

The project will deliver a hybrid battery system, setting global standards for the future of such products and seeking to extend the UK’s leadership in electric vehicles.  A study has already shown that hybrid batteries can deliver higher power and energy in a lighter product than lithium ion alone.

"The team at Williams Advanced Engineering and our consortium partners welcome the award from the Faraday Battery Challenge to enable our project that aims to help secure the UK’s position in the vanguard of the global electric vehicle revolution,” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering.  “The consortium’s goal is to deliver batteries using fewer cells while delivering more energy and power, plus faster charge times and greater life than is available from today’s competing technologies.”

Subject to final agreement the leading academic institution and four innovative technology companies will collaborate on the project, which aims to deliver:

• A revolutionary Battery Management System based on a completely new control method delivering better control and fidelity incorporating high-power processing capabilities.
• A hybrid battery module design, modelling and control technology.
• Unique carbon ion supercapacitor technology.
• New developments in cell modelling with the highest possible fidelity to real life situations.
• An accelerated and adaptive computing platform allowing more precise analysis and delivering greater performance in model adaptation, alongside the application of artificial intelligence within the battery.
• An end to end platform delivering whole life tracking of battery condition and status.
“Industry, government and academia working together will meet society’s demand for cleaner, longer-range, faster-charging electric vehicles through innovative research and development,” said Paul McNamara, Technical Director of Williams Advanced Engineering.  “This project represents those three sectors in alignment and will seek to make significant contributions to advancing those aims, with potential for major economic and environmental gains for the UK and the world.”

Pending final discussions by the consortium and sign-off of the project the constituent organisations will contribute their own areas of expertise to the project as follows:

• Williams Advanced Engineering will develop a new Battery Management System platform and integrate technologies and the project streams into the final hybrid battery product.
• The project will leverage the work being done by Imperial with the Faraday fast start programme in cell and battery modelling.
• Codeplay will provide Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to allow greater performance in model adaptation by helping run multiple models in parallel.
• PowerOasis will deliver communications technology that will allow the tracking of fleets of batteries and increased second life value.
• Zap & Go will deliver a new type of supercapacitor delivering high energy and power levels with significantly longer life.

The Faraday Battery Challenge is a £246m commitment over the next four years from the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund on battery development for the automotive electrification market opportunity that is currently developing at a rapid pace worldwide.

Williams Advanced Engineering has powered the entire ABB FIA Formula E grid since its inception, currently in season four, and was also chosen this month by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) to be the sole battery supplier in the electrification of the FIA World Rallycross Championship from 2020.  The company was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in April 2018 for its commercialisation of electrification know-how from its experience in Formula E.

The Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund has also invested in Codeplay as part of the company’s move into the autonomous vehicles sector.  Codeplay will benefit not only from the investment management and growth experience of the Foresight Ventures investing team, but also from the engineering and technical knowledge and application of Williams Advanced Engineering.