Fresh in is amply funded 18-year-old rookie Lance Stroll, who’ll partner the experienced and recently ‘unretired’ Felipe Massa
WHAT’S NEW ? Williams have a rookie, Lance Stroll, to indoctrinate and the arrival of Paddy Lowe to assimilate. Lowe’s return to the team where he cut his teeth, as tech chief and as a board member with a shareholding, should not be underestimated. He brings intimate knowledge of how Mercedes operate and is expected to lead an upturn in team fortunes.
F1 RA CING’S VERDICT Don’t expect miracles from Lowe in year one. This is a transition year and Williams need time and more cash to become front-runners.
TEAM DETAILS Name Williams Martini Racing Address Station Road, Grove, Oxfordshire, OX12 0DQ, UK Chassis FW40 Engine Mercedes-Benz M08 EQ Power+ Website williamsf1.com Twitter @WilliamsRacing
KEY PERSONNEL Team principal Sir Frank Williams Deputy team principal Claire Williams Group CEO Mike O’Driscoll Technical director Paddy Lowe Head of performance engineering Rob Smedley
TEAM HISTORY Founded 1977 First GP Argentina 1978 Races started 653 Wins 114 Poles 128 Fastest laps 133 Points 3,464 Drivers’ titles 7 Constructors’ titles 9