About

Williams is one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams. It exists purely to race in the top echelon of motor racing, where it has been winning grands prix for more than three decades.

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Our Partners

Williams has always been a family-run team and the family ethos extends to our partners, who support us every step of the way during the season. Find out more about our Official Team Partners below.

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Our People

Williams is a human capital business, with a wealth of diverse and driven team members all working towards the same goal. Find out more about our people below.

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Our History

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd is founded by Frank Williams and an ambitious British engineer called Patrick Head. The company is based in an empty carpet warehouse in Didcot, Oxfordshire, and enters a purchased March chassis in order to compete in F1 during the latter half of the season.

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United States Grand Prix Preview

We’re headed Stateside as Round 18 takes us to Texas for the final back-to-back of the season

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United States Grand Prix Preview

We’re headed Stateside as Round 18 takes us to Texas for the final back-to-back of the season

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Gallery

Sergey Sirotkin, Japan

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Season Stats
  TEAM POINTS
1 MERCEDES 415
2 FERRARI 390
3 RED BULL 248
4 RENAULT 86
5 HAAS 76
6 MCLAREN 52
7 FORCE INDIA 32
8 TORO ROSSO 30
9 SAUBER 19
10 WILLIAMS 7
eSports

Williams eSports will compete in a range of online sim racing competitions this season. The team’s roster of elite gamers will represent Williams, racing in series and events on multiple platforms during the year.

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About Us

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. The company combines cutting edge technology and the industry’s best engineers, with precision and speed to market derived from four decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One.

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What We Do

The core competencies of Williams Advanced Engineering are sector agnostic and do not apply only to motorsport or even automotive. Already this expertise is being applied to sectors as diverse as retail and defence. If a company requires support in any of these areas of competence, the people at Williams Advanced Engineering can provide it.

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Technology and Innovation

The people at Williams are problem solvers, tackling the most complex engineering challenges on a daily basis. Customers come to Williams for help with their new innovations.

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Aerodynamics and Thermodynamics

Williams Advanced Engineering is unique in the desire and capability to apply expertise in high level simulation and aerodynamic know-how from the pinnacle of motor racing to other sectors. Born out of Formula One, working faster than almost anyone else, customers receive an advantage of speed of response and top of the range people, hardware and software providing full aerodynamic services.

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Electrification

Williams Advanced Engineering has created very high performance batteries in the Formula E programme, at the cutting edge of battery performance and management. Formula E is a test bed for electrification and new technologies that is now being transferred into prototype vehicles and road cars in award-winning projects.

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Advanced Lightweight Structures

Williams Advanced Engineering is using its breadth of experience in lightweight materials from Formula One, where lightweighting can make a significant difference on track, and other projects to offer new ideas and solutions to industry.

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Vehicle Programmes

Working with customers, the teams at Williams Advanced Engineering set targets to define the product concept, analyse, evaluate and optimise it, before then real world development refines the result to perfection.

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Specialist Product Delivery

From productions runs of one to the low hundreds, the people at Williams Advanced Engineering are experts in the quality manufacture of high performance products across industry.

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Business Dynamics

Taking lessons from four decades of success in Formula One to help clients apply winning philosophies to their own organisations, Williams Advanced Engineering uses data to setup for success, views regulation changes as an opportunity to gain competitive advantage while combining an understanding of whole system dynamics with detailed analytics, bringing understanding of human performance and developing high performance teams.

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Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund

Launched and managed by Foresight Group, the Fund benefits from a unique collaboration between Williams Advanced Engineering and Foresight Group, combining technological expertise from Williams and Foresight's track record in financial management.

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Simulation

Williams has extensive experience using state-of-the-art simulators in Formula One allowing drivers to prepare more effectively for Grand Prix.

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Working with us

Williams Advanced Engineering is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, providing world class capabilities to deliver energy efficient performance to customers and address the challenges of 21st century mobility and sustainability. Williams Advanced Engineering is also constantly searching for more top talent to deliver for the company and its customers.

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Asda to install F1-inspired Aerofoil technology in stores

Asda will install F1-inspired Aerofoils in 187 of its supermarkets, reducing energy consumption and slashing CO2 emissions.

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Asda to install F1-inspired Aerofoil technology in stores

Asda will install F1-inspired Aerofoils in 187 of its supermarkets, reducing energy consumption and slashing CO2 emissions.

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Event Rooms

10 multi-purpose event rooms offering great flexibility for events of up to 200 guests in a modern and inspiring surrounding

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Driver Suites

The Ayrton Senna, Piers Courage and Alan Jones driver suites

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Trophy Room

The Trophy Room houses a selection of the team's prestigious silverware

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Circuit Gallery A

The Monza and Hockenheim meeting rooms

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Circuit Gallery B

The Barcelona, Estoril and Jerez event rooms

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Collection & Tours

Housed in the award-winning Williams Conference Centre is Sir Frank Williams' private Williams Grand Prix Collection, the largest of its kind in the world, spanning the history of the Williams F1 team since 1978

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Exclusive Tours

We offer bespoke tours for 10 or more guests with tailored catering

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Public Tours

The Williams Conference Centre is home to the largest private collection of Formula 1 cars in the world

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School and College Tours

Escorted tour of the Williams Grand Prix Collection, accompanied by an audio-visual commentary of the team's history and the stories behind the cars

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Gift Vouchers

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Activities

A wide range of activities are available at the Williams Conference Centre and can be used for team building and hospitality days or to enhance your events.

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Race Day Hospitality

Hosted at the Williams Conference Centre we offer a unique way to view an F1 race, with a review of qualifying, an exclusive live link up to a team member from the track, followed by the race itself

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Dining & Celebrations

We not only pride ourselves on the first class facilities and service we offer at the Williams Conference Centre, but also on our 5 star catering. Our in-house caterers offer the highest standard of cuisine, where possible using local organic suppliers and fair-trade produce

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Private Dining

As part of the first class facilities and service we offer at the Williams Conference Centre, we pride ourselves on our 5 star catering

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Car History

Williams Car History

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Guardians Of Honour

Williams has an ever-growing catalogue of illustrious Grand Prix cars. Now Jonathan Williams and Dickie Stanford must dovetail this sumptuous history with the high-flying Formula 1 team of today

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Williams Advanced Engineering Wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

21 Apr 2018

Her Majesty the Queen has today recognised Williams Advanced Engineering with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation. The award is for the Company's innovation in successfully transferring technology into commercial applications from designing, developing and delivering the batteries for all the cars racing in the Formula E championship.  Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater racing series. The technology has relevance beyond the automotive and motorsport sectors in both energy and power applications.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious business awards, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK.

Williams Advanced Engineering has powered all the cars on the ABB FIA Formula E grid since its inception in 2014. Now in its fourth season, the Formula E championship has benefited from technology developed by Williams Advanced Engineering that has seen a 99.8% reliability record in races from the Company’s batteries.

"We are honoured to have been recognised by Her Majesty with this award for the industry-leading work of Williams Advanced Engineering in delivering a world-first that will light the way for future sustainable transport," said Craig Wilson, Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering. "I pay tribute to our team that has powered Formula E from the beginning at such a high level of innovation, performance, service and reliability."

The main innovation by Williams Advanced Engineering, recognised with this prestigious award, is in transferring the learning from designing and building, with a very short lead time, a battery that could power 40 electric racing cars at 225kph, yet still be practical in terms of aerodynamics, range, recharging times and safety into research and commercial applications. With air quality and sustainable mobility near the top of the public agenda, this means that more customers of Williams Advanced Engineering have required expertise in electrification.

The Formula E battery project has facilitated the transfer of technology involved in racing to additional projects in electrification, a core competency of the Company. Williams Advanced Engineering has been able to advance its capabilities in cell and module construction, optimised packaging and weight, battery management systems, cooling systems, vehicle efficiency, and safety structures. This expertise has become well-known in the industry and has led to significant business growth for the Company over the past 3 years.

“Motorsport has traditionally been the test bed for new technologies, particularly in mobility and automotive applications,” continued Wilson. “This next generation of motorsport has already established itself as a technology innovator, with battery technology already feeding into many sectors and growing in importance. The battery has safety at its core. It is the first lithium ion battery to have passed stringent FIA crash testing regulations. It has also had to meet stringent air safety regulations in order to be transported around the world to support the global calendar of race events. Furthermore, each battery was required to last two full seasons – requiring exceptional reliability for such new technology in challenging racing environments – and they had to be produced in race ready condition in less than 12 months.”

The technology is transferable to different sectors and delivers energy efficient savings and benefits outside racing. Lessons learned from the Formula E programme are also applied into road cars of today and tomorrow, delivering sustainable mobility for the world of the future.

For example, Aston Martin chose Williams Advanced Engineering as technical partner for its first all-electric model, the RapidE, with Williams Advanced Engineering assisting with the complex engineering integration. Having been a key partner in the original concept of the RapidE, Williams Advanced Engineering then led a consortium of organisations, including Aston Martin and Unipart Group, in a successful bid for an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) Competition. This funding will be used as a foundation to create a high performance and flexible battery supply capability in the UK.

Williams Advanced Engineering is now a world leader in battery technology – a key global market for the future where the UK can take a lead role, delivering economic as well as environmental benefits.  Additional examples of the application of the knowledge into other areas are Airbus’s Zephyr, Netfficient and Williams Advanced Engineering’s own FW-EVX.

More information on the awards are at www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise and about Formula E at http://www.fiaformulae.com