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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Hungarian Grand Prix

George Russell finished 16th and Robert Kubica 19th in the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Hungarian Grand Prix

George Russell finished 16th and Robert Kubica 19th in the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Season Stats
  TEAM POINTS
1 MERCEDES 438
2 FERRARI 288
3 RED BULL 244
4 MCLAREN 82
5 TORO ROSSO 44
6 RENAULT 38
7 SAUBER 32
8 RACING POINT 31
9 HAAS 26
10 WILLIAMS 1
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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Meet Our Drivers

The elite Williams Esports roster is made up of 24 drivers from 10 countries who are among the best sim racers in the world.

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Everywhere We Compete

Williams Esports races in more than a dozen series and world championships on every major sim racing game across all three platforms, to audiences of millions.

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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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Motorsport

Williams Advanced Engineering has a dedicated Motorsport group. This multidisciplinary design and engineering team have supported numerous championship winning clients.

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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 high-performance 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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Manufacturing

The Williams Advanced Engineering people and facilities deliver world-class products for the company’s own projects and for customers.

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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 £1.5 million into Industry 4.0 metrology experts INSPHERE

The Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.5 million into Industry 4.0 metrology experts INSPHERE. The company's pioneering metrology systems enhance the accuracy of automated production lines, boosting productivity and profitability for manufacturers.

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Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.5 million into Industry 4.0 metrology experts INSPHERE

The Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £1.5 million into Industry 4.0 metrology experts INSPHERE. The company's pioneering metrology systems enhance the accuracy of automated production lines, boosting productivity and profitability for manufacturers.

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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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Formula One Composite Technology Creates Lightweight Structures to Protect Troops

09 Apr 2019

Williams Advanced Engineering is working with the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to develop innovative battlefield shelter protection for troops using Formula One-derived technology and processes created in-house at Williams to create composite 3D structures that can be deployed in theatre.

 

Williams Advanced Engineering, the engineering and services business from the Williams Group that also includes the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula One Team, is a leader in lightweight materials and structural solutions.  The company has developed patent-pending composite technologies and processes enabling the creation of strong, protective but lightweight structures.

 

Williams sees huge potential in implementing its proprietary composite technology in the DASA ‘Take Cover’ competition.  This competition calls for innovative approaches to battlefield protective structures and is the company’s first submission and successful bid to DASA.  Williams believes that its proposal will enable the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to become a leader in implementing advanced composite materials across all of its operational activities using a British-born innovation.

 

“Lightweighting is a key principle of motorsport and the use of carbon fibre has been crucial to the ongoing development of racing and on into more mainstream applications,” said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering.  “To think that innovations from the team here at Williams Advanced Engineering can deliver enhanced, lighter protection for the Armed Forces is a great feeling for us.  We look forward to working with Dstl and DASA to enable deployment of our technology by service personnel for their protection.”

 

Williams’ proprietary composite technology allows innovative approaches to the use of fibre-reinforced polymer and unlocks the use of composites for modular structures, allowing for the integration of varying levels of protection depending on the requirement.

 

Dr Adam Staines DASA Delivery Lead said: “DASA was created to find and fund exploitable innovation for defence and security.  Key for this mission is wider engagement with non-traditional suppliers across a range of industrial sectors.  Accessing cutting-edge technology developed initially for Formula One is a prime example of this engagement.  Lightweight foldable materials which can be assembled quickly to provide protection for troops was a key aim of this DASA themed competition.  In addition to protecting troops and saving lives on the battlefield this technology has potential uses for domestic security and humanitarian applications.”

 

On the battlefield, minimising the weight of equipment is essential, reducing the logistic burden as well as the burden on the individual.  This extends to items such as temporary structures which must often be carried and set up by troops in challenging environments.  That the material properties of composite technologies offer significant mass advantage over traditional materials such as steels and other alloys is widely-known, but issues surrounding production tooling, ease of handling and cost have constrained composites to low-volume high-performance applications.

 

This was the driving factor behind Williams Advanced Engineering innovating a new composites technology to revolutionise applications where rapid manufacture, ease of assembly and low cost are essential.  With an extensive history of composite innovation in motorsport, aerospace and automotive sectors, Williams was perfectly placed to develop this technology.  Now, Williams is looking to showcase this technology in defence, where the benefits can be realised for reducing logistic and physical burden, as well as enabling lightweight and modular infrastructure solutions.

 

Current temporary structures used on the battlefield traditionally use materials such as corrugated iron, sandbags and mechanical fasteners.  Typically, this will lead to difficulties surrounding transportation and on-the-ground deployment, due to the weight and volume of parts needed.  Furthermore, the mechanical properties, such as the specific strength, of corrugated iron are in many ways significantly lower than an equivalent piece made of continual glass fibre-reinforced polymer.  This demonstrates that the efficacy of structures used on the battlefield can be improved through the introduction of more advanced materials, which will also reduce the number of parts and volume of components.

 

Due to the ability for composite technologies to implement various fibre types in the lay-up, structures can be optimised to suit the environments in which they are used.  Performance against threats such as blast, fragmentation, ground shock, or thermal detection may be enabled through the utilisation and integration of various fibre types, for example glass fibre, carbon fibre, aramid and IR absorbing materials.

 

For more information on the DASA ‘Take Cover’ competition please see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-competition-take-cover.