As a club, we are working our way around the F1 team HQs and this time it was the turn of Williams F1.
Williams F1 is a British Formula One racing team and constructor founded by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head in 1977. The team has a long and successful history in Formula One, having won 9 Constructors’ Championships and 7 Drivers’ Championships since their debut season in 1978.
Some of the legendary drivers who have raced for Williams include Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill, and Jacques Villeneuve. In recent years, the team has struggled to compete at the top level of the sport, but they remain a respected and iconic name in Formula One.
Aside from their Formula One racing activities, Williams also provides engineering and technical services to other racing teams and other industries, including aerospace, defence, and automotive.
Originally the base of BMW’s Le Mans project, the building was converted in 2002 and today stands as an award-winning Experience Centre, offering a modern and creative environment in which to meet, train, network and entertain.
While attending the event, we had the opportunity to view the largest private collection of F1 cars in the world. Housing more than 40 of the team’s seminal race cars, it is one of the largest private collections of F1 cars in the world, charting the team’s history.
We were lucky enough to have Williams legend Jim Barker (over 30 years with Williams) personally carry out the tour which also included (off camera sadly) a tour of the workshops where they were working on multiple eras of privately owned Williams F1 race cars.
This workshop is normally off-limits to tours so we felt very privileged to be able to have such unprecedented access.
After the impressive tour, it was time for some private dining, overlooking our cars.
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