STEPHEN LICK­O­R­ISH JU­NIOR JOUR­NAL­IST

Motor Sport News - - Review: Autosport Show - Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Any­one at­tend­ing Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional this year might just have no­ticed that 2017 is a spe­cial sea­son for the Wil­liams For­mula 1 team. For those who may some­how have missed it, this year marks Wil­liams’ 40th birth­day. And to cel­e­brate there was a dis­tinct Wil­liams theme to the show.

First off were some iconic cars. Think the FW07 that Clay Regaz­zoni took the team’s first ever win back at Sil­ver­stone in 1979. Think the FW14B that pro­pelled Nigel Mansell to the 1992 ti­tle. Think the FW18 in which Da­mon Hill claimed a mem­o­rable cham­pi­onship in 1996. And then there was the FW25 from 2003. This was a bit of a sur­prise in­clu­sion – but was the last Wil­liams ma­chine to take mul­ti­ple vic­to­ries in a sea­son. That was just the cars, there were a va­ri­ety of stars in at­ten­dance too. The team’s lat­est re­cruit, the highly-rated Lance Stroll, was a guest on the Au­tosport stage on Satur­day. Wil­liams’ last world cham­pion Jac­ques Vil­leneuve paid a visit on Sun­day, and was joined by deputy team prin­ci­pal Claire Wil­liams and per­for­mance chief Rob Smed­ley.

And that’s not for­get­ting the Wil­liams ex­pe­ri­ence that al­lowed pay­ing pun­ters to im­merse them­selves in the his­tory of the team in a truly unique way, in­clud­ing dress­ing up in retro over­alls.

It was fit­ting recog­ni­tion for a team that, even after decades without a ti­tle, re­mains an enor­mously pop­u­lar part of F1.

Rookie Lance Stroll meets the pub­lic

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