TEAM PROFILE 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?
F1 RACING SAYS...
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?