40 YEARS OF WIL­LIAMS RAC­ING

Evo India - - CONTENTS - by ANTONY IN­GRAM

Our trib­ute to one of the most suc­cess­ful F1 teams

Wil­liams has never sold road cars to fund its rac­ing ef­forts, in­stead it ex­ists purely to race in the top ech­e­lon of mo­tor­sport, F1

WIL­LIAMS GRAND PRIX EN­GI­NEER­ING cel­e­brates its 40th an­niver­sary in 2017. Es­tab­lished by Frank Wil­liams in 1977 from the bones of Wolf-Wil­liams Rac­ing (it­self for­merly Frank Wil­liams Rac­ing Cars), it has de­fied its in­de­pen­dent sta­tus by be­com­ing one of the most suc­cess­ful For­mula 1 teams of all time. It sits third, in fact, be­hind Ferrari and McLaren, but un­like ei­ther of those teams, Wil­liams has never sold road cars to fund its rac­ing ef­forts, in­stead – as the team it­self puts it – it ex­ists purely to race in the top ech­e­lon of mo­tor­sport, F1.

The team has taken nine con­struc­tors’ ti­tles and seven driv­ers’ cham­pi­onships, and boasts a per­son­nel ros­ter that has in­cluded some of F1’s big­gest names. Driv­ers such as Alan Jones, Keke Ros­berg, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna have all raced for the Wan­tage-based team, and that im­pres­sive roll call is only likely to in­crease as the team now works hard to re­gain its com­pet­i­tive streak.

Wil­liams has en­joyed plenty of suc­cess out­side For­mula 1 too, tack­ling every­thing from Group B rally mon­sters to Le Mans-win­ning pro­to­types, achiev­ing con­sid­er­able suc­cess in tour­ing cars, and work­ing with the newly re­formed Jaguar Rac­ing to en­gi­neer one branch of mo­tor­sport’s fu­ture: For­mula E cars. With fur­ther arms in aerospace, de­fence, the en­ergy sec­tor and au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing un­der the Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing ban­ner, the com­pany’s con­tri­bu­tion out­side F1 can al­most match its pres­ence within the rac­ing world.

There­fore, over the fol­low­ing pages we take a look at a hand­ful of key peo­ple and mo­ments from the team and com­pany’s first four decades.

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