Team Williams to mark 600 races

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Frank Williams
Frank Williams

Frank Williams has never been one to stand and wait, always obeying the adage that claims if you stand still in Formula One, you will be overtaken by the developments of your rivals. As a result, it is no surprise that the Williams team will be celebrating its achievement of 600 Grand Prix race starts at this weekend’s British GP — one week before it actually reaches that landmark.

The team will clock up 600 at the German GP on July 7, exactly seven days after the Silverstone race starts on Sunday. But it has decided that this weekend’s British event is more suitable for it to celebrate its longevity with its home fans.

“For an independent team like Williams, to reach 600 races at the pinnacle of motorsport is a remarkable achievement,” said Williams, the team’s founder and principal. “Seventy-eight teams have come and gone or changed ownership since our foundation and our longevity is a testament to the thousands of people who have sacrificed so much to keep us here. It seems only right to mark this milestone at the home of British motorsport alongside our loyal British fans.”

The British GP circuit was the scene of the team’s first win in 1979 and the 100th in 1997. To mark the achievement, the Williams team will carry the number 600 on the side-pods of both its FW35 cars.

The livery will also be emblazoned with the names of all 691 Williams’ employees who work across all divisions of the Williams Group, as a tribute to their continued hard work and dedication.

“Williams has never been an organisation to dwell on what has gone before but this weekend we will be rightly celebrating our heritage and reflecting on some of our defining moments over the past 36 years,” added Williams’s daughter Claire. — AFP

  • British GP circuit was the scene of Williams’ first win in 1979 and the 100th in 1997

  • Williams has secured 297 podiums, 114 race wins and 16 world championship titles in 36 years

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