TEAM PRO­FILE WIL­LIAMS

F1 Racing (UK) - - SEASON PREVIEW 2018 WILLIAMS -

Name Wil­liams Mar­tini Rac­ing Ad­dress Sta­tion Road, Grove, Ox­ford­shire, OX12 0DQ, UK Chas­sis FW41 Power unit Mercedes-benz Deputy team prin­ci­pal Claire Wil­liams Chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Paddy Lowe

First GP Ar­gentina 1978 Races started 673 Wins 114 Poles 128 Fastest laps 133 Points 3,553 Driv­ers’ ti­tles 7 Con­struc­tors’ ti­tles 9

2017 Cham­pi­onship Po­si­tion 5th Points 83 Wins/podi­ums 0/1 Poles 0 Fastest laps 0 Races in points 17

Once again Wil­liams will start a new sea­son with a rookie in one seat as Rus­sian Sergey Sirotkin joins young­ster Lance Stroll for 2018. How will the team man­age with­out Felipe Massa’s years of ex­pe­ri­ence?

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Wil­liams en­joyed a mini-resur­gence at the start of the cur­rent turbo era, ex­ploit­ing Mercedes’ ini­tially huge power unit ad­van­tage to take suc­ces­sive third places in 2014 and 2015. But with engine per­for­mance lev­els con­verg­ing, they have slipped back into the mid­field. They face an­other chal­lenge in 2018, as Lance Stroll (19) and Sergey Sirotkin (22) form the youngest line-up on the grid, rais­ing ques­tions over devel­op­ment po­ten­tial. Many fans hoped to see Robert Ku­bica land one of the seats, but he ul­ti­mately had to set­tle for a re­serve role, which will in­volve sev­eral test and prac­tice runs. Paddy Lowe, in his sec­ond year as Chief Tech­in­cal Of­fi­cer, brings vast tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

OUR TIP: A tough fight in the mid­field lies ahead: can a new car con­cept com­pen­sate for raw driv­ers?

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