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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Styrian Grand Prix Qualifying

George Russell qualified 12th and Nicholas Latifi 18th for the Styrian Grand Prix

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Styrian Grand Prix Qualifying

George Russell qualified 12th and Nicholas Latifi 18th for the Styrian Grand Prix

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Season Stats
  TEAM POINTS
1 ALFA ROMEO 0
= ALPHATAURI 0
= FERRARI 0
= HAAS 0
= MCLAREN 0
= MERCEDES 0
= RACING POINT 0
= RED BULL 0
= RENAULT 0
= WILLIAMS 0
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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JOIN THE TEAM

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About Us

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited is technology and engineering services business. 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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Capabilities and Technologies

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 Funds

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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Williams Advanced Engineering appointed Gen3 exclusive battery system supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship by the FIA World Motor Sport Council

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has been awarded the exclusive contract to supply the Gen3 battery system of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

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Williams Advanced Engineering appointed Gen3 exclusive battery system supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship by the FIA World Motor Sport Council

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) has been awarded the exclusive contract to supply the Gen3 battery system of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

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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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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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Christmas Celebrations

The Williams Conference Center provides a winning formula for your Christmas celebrations for up to 200 guests

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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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AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

30 Jun 2020

After its postponement in the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and a 63-day shutdown period, the long anticipated 2020 season officially restarts this weekend in Austria. The revised calendar will see two races held at the same circuit on consecutive weekends and to ensure the safety of all involved, the event will sadly be closed to spectators.

Both George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have spent the last few months preparing for the new season and Nicholas looks forward to now making his long awaited debut in Formula One this weekend.

The Red Bull Ring packs a lot into a short lap with plenty of elevation change punctuated by fast sweeping turns and a number of heavy braking zones. Located in the Styrian Mountains, the track is one of the most picturesque circuits on the calendar, providing a spectacular backdrop for the season opener and the restart of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: Following a long dormant period, Formula One has reconvened in Austria to open the 2020 season, and the whole team are looking forward to racing once again. It is a long time since we were preparing the cars, drivers and engineers for the event in Melbourne and it will be with anticipation that we fire the cars up ready for FP1. For much of the last few months we have been in our official shutdown period and so work on the cars stopped. Since returning from shutdown however, we have worked hard to ensure that the whole operation is equipped and ready for the start of the new season. There will be nerves and concerns every time the car runs, but it is that shot of adrenalin, and feeling of excitement and jeopardy, that reminds us that we have missed the action so much.

The nature of Formula One in 2020 is a little different to normal and as a result we will contest the first two rounds of this season at the Red Bull Ring. The layout of the track as well as the tyre compounds are the same for both events, and so if weather conditions are stable, then we have a rare opportunity to test the cars and the drivers over two full race weekends in near identical conditions.

Austria is a tricky venue for the first race of the season as the circuit demands efficient downforce, strong ride characteristics and often very high levels of PU cooling. The lap is short and there are few opportunities to make up for a mistake, which increases the pressure on the drivers and the engineers. That said, it is a wonderful setting in which to race Formula One cars, and it will provide a great atmosphere and intensity despite being staged behind closed doors.

When we last ran the car in Barcelona, we were encouraged by the improvements made since the end of 2019, however, we are under no illusion that we need to keep working hard and maximise every opportunity we can find to get us further up the grid. We are also aware that teams will have taken the opportunity to improve their cars since February; more than ever, predicting the pace of the opposition is difficult and futile. Our initial efforts will be on making the most of our car, ensuring that it is reliable and raceable, and on learning for the intense series of races that lie ahead of us. Both George and Nicholas are familiar with the circuit and this will allow us to concentrate on the engineering during running on Friday.

We are pleased and thankful that we are able to return to doing what we love, however, everyone at Williams, and across Formula One, remembers those who have suffered, and those who continue to suffer, as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that the beginning of the 2020 F1 season will offer a small sense of a return to normality and provide some exciting new entertainment as the world slowly awakens from a prolonged and difficult period. We are facing a new future, but we will face it fairly, respectfully, cooperatively and in a fully inclusive way.

George Russell: I’m really excited to get back racing and at a circuit that I enjoy driving and have gone well at in the past. It was probably one of my best races in Formula One last year so I’m really looking forward to it. We’ve done a lot of virtual racing recently so it will be great to now race in reality and provide some entertainment for the fans that will be supporting us from home. From a performance perspective, I don’t want to pre-empt how we will get on as we’ve only really had winter testing. Regardless though, I will be going out there to give it my everything.

Nicholas Latifi: It goes without saying that I am extremely excited to finally make my Formula One debut! It’s definitely not been a conventional build up to the first race of the season but these past few weeks have been good getting back into the swing of things, upping my preparations, and getting back into the factory and into the groove with the team. I feel ready and I feel prepared. It will be a bit strange with all the new protocols and it will definitely be a lot quieter without any fans. There will be a lot to get used to but we’re getting to go racing again and that’s the main thing. I can’t wait to hit the track.