I hope you would be most interested to hear that I am being fortunate enough to visit the AT&T Williams F1 Team factory in Grove next week. I shall have the opportunity to tour the factory, meet the engineers of Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima’s cars, and also the chance to look around the museum of the multiple world championship winning team.
I shall naturally report back to you about my day with plenty of photos (fingers crossed!).
It is a great opportunity for myself, but have no fear readers there is a competition being put on by my hosts that they thought you would all be interested in! Philips are offering the chance to win a drive of a Williams F1 car!!
You can enter here: http://www.attwilliams.philips.com/
I would like to thank Williams, AT&T, Philips and Martin Utley for the opportunity to visit the factory ahead of the day next week.
Williams have launched the definitive final livery for their 2009 car the FW31 in a minor ceremony at their factory in Grove today.
We released a picture spotted in the back of a garage at Jerez of the colour scheme earlier on this month (http://f1fanatics.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/spotted-williams-fw31-2009-livery/ ).
The final edition is very close to that, and feature heavy branding from electronics supplier Philips and former banking giant RBS with whom the sponsorship deal will end this season.
The team are hoping that they can get a win this season, having not experienced the top step of the podium in the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix with Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya.
“We’d love to be a winner or in the top three all the time,” said Williams.
“But to be very close to the top three would be a big step for year one. It’s by no means impossible, but it depends how good we’ve been this winter. We might get lucky with the car.”
The Williams F1 Team make a habit of running an interim livery in the off-season on their new cars, to keep us guessing well past the launch of their new car to what exactly it will look like.
This interim livery is usually a lovely dark metallic blue, which if F1Fanatics had influence within the Grove based team would be there to stay!
However, these liveries make way for a white/blue one first used in 2000 when Compaq joined the team as a sponsor.
Anyway, a spy for the Dutch F1 site, F1-Today.nl, managed to sneak into a back garage in Jerez and get this snap of an almost finished livery Williams FW31. Only the Philips and RBS sponsor logos are missing.
Williams have joined Renault in launching their 2009 challenger today in a low key event at the Portimao Circuit in Portugal.
The British based team left test driver and rising star Nico Hulkenberg with the duty to show the new car, named the Fw31 to the presses.
The new machine will give the team optimism to get back to the top with the swathes of new rule changes leaving this car completly different to the FW30. Still powered by a Toyota engine, this car has a lot in common with the Ferrari F60. It has a very similar front wing, and aerodynamic winglets protruding from the sidepods where Ferrari houses its wing mirrors.
The car seen here is in an interim test livery and will have a liverly launch nearer to the first round of the season in March.
Philips have become a larger sponsor to the team, who are struggling to find backers in the increasingly tough economic crisis. Thomson, Oris and RBS still remain on the car, but for RBS how much longer must be questioned as they posted a £20billion loss, the largest loss for a British company ever today.