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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 People

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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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Chinese Grand Prix

Lance Stroll finished 14th and Sergey Sirotkin 15th in the Chinese Grand Prix

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Season Stats
  TEAM POINTS
1 MERCEDES 85
2 FERRARI 84
3 RED BULL 55
4 MCLAREN 28
5 RENAULT 25
6 TORO ROSSO 12
7 HAAS 11
8 SAUBER 2
9 FORCE INDIA 1
10 WILLIAMS 0
About

Williams Advanced Engineering provides world class technical innovation, engineering, testing, and manufacturing services to deliver energy efficient performance to the motorsport, automotive, defence and healthcare sectors. Working in close collaboration with its customers, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the engineering challenges of the 21st century, with its expertise in electrification, aero and thermodynamics, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.

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Lightweight Structures

From composites to metal alloys to intelligent combinations of both

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Core Markets

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Foresight Williams

This fund benefits from a unique collaboration between Williams and Foresight Group, combining the technological expertise of Williams Advanced Engineering and Foresight's track record in investment management, of making and exiting investments in UK-based early stage and later stage SMEs

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Jaguar C-X75

Williams Advanced Engineering partnered with Jaguar to create the revolutionary C-X75 hybrid supercar, with a top speed of more than 200mph and 0-60mph in less than three seconds, yet with 50km range on electric drive alone and CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km

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Jaguar C-X75

Williams Advanced Engineering partnered with Jaguar to create the revolutionary C-X75 hybrid supercar, with a top speed of more than 200mph and 0-60mph in less than three seconds, yet with 50km range on electric drive alone and CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km

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Nismo

Williams Advanced Engineering has partnered with Nismo, the performance-orientated brand of Nissan, to work on development of high performance road cars

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Formula E

Williams Advanced Engineering designs and assembles the battery system for the 42 fully-electric cars that compete in the FIA Formula E Championship

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Aerofoils

Williams Advanced Engineering has collaborated with UK start-up Aerofoil Energy to develop a new aerodynamic device that can significantly reduce the energy consumed by refrigerators in supermarkets and convenience stores...

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Incubating Technology

Williams Advanced Engineering specialises in incubating innovative energy efficient technologies that have their origins in Formula One. We work with leading commercial partners to validate this new technology in preparation for market entry

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Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund Invests £1.05 Million Into Codeplay Software Limited

A £1.05m investment from Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund is made into Codeplay Software Limited

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Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund Invests £1.05 Million Into Codeplay Software Limited

A £1.05m investment from Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund is made into Codeplay Software Limited

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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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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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Rob Smedley

Nationality: British
Born: 28 November 1973
Job description: Head of Performance Engineering

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014 - Head of Performance Engineering, Williams

2006-2013 - Race Engineer, Ferrari

2004-2005 - Engineer, Ferrari Test Team

2000-2003 - Engineer, Jordan Grand Prix

1999 - Performance Engineer, Stewart GP, 

1998 - Engineer, Williams Renault BTCC Team

1996-1997 - Engineer, Peugeot Touring Cars

Born in Normanby in 1973, Rob attended St Peter’s School in South Bank near Middlesbrough. A keen interest in engineering and motorsport prompted Rob to study Maths & Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University after leaving St Mary’s Sixth Form College aged 18. Upon graduating, Rob enrolled in a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough which stemmed a long and established career in motorsport.

Starting out at Pilbeam Racing Designs, Rob worked on the suspension design of the 1997 Peugeot Touring Car before joining reigning BTCC champions Williams Renault for the 98 and 99 seasons. Rob also worked for Stewart GP in this time, gaining his first exposure to Formula One. Rob then moved to Jordan Grand Prix to work as a data acquisition engineer before moving up to a Track Engineer for the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

In 2004 Rob headed to Maranello to join Ferrari’s test team, a position that gave him great technical input with the car. While with the test team Rob met Felipe Massa who was a test driver with Ferrari at the time. Halfway through the 2006 season Rob took the step up to Race Engineer for Felipe Massa who now had a race seat with the team. Rob worked with Felipe up until the end of the 2013 season when Felipe moved to Williams.

In February 2014 it was announced that Rob would rejoin Williams in the position of Head of Performance Engineering.