40 Years of Williams

Silverstone
Friday 2nd June 2017

A British Grand Preview Prix event celebrating 40 years (1977 – 2017) of Williams team racing held at Silverstone motor racing circuit.

Present at the event were the good and the great, past and present in the illustrious history of Williams Racing as well as an impressive display of racing hardware including Nigel Mansell’s famous FW14B “Red 5” in which he won the F1 World Championship in 1992. This vehicle has been painstakingly restored to be fully functioning and driven around the track for the first time in 25 years. A feat made more difficult as the electronic componentry within the car, that were state of the art in 1992, are now largely obsolete.

This was a day for fans of Formula 1 and the legacy of Williams. It is testimony to the enthusiasm for motor racing in Britain that the event was attended by many thousands of people, including families with children far too young to be aware of the significance of the Williams name in motor racing. It was evident on the faces of Sir Frank Williams and Claire Williams, as they gazed upon the crowds in the grandstands, that they were indeed humbled and honoured to be the recipients of so much support.

My photographs here are by no means a complete record but maybe show a few aspects not found elsewhere on the internet. Most pleasing to me at the time was the opportunity given by the English summer to provide rain and allow me to photograph “Red 5” kicking up spray.

The names of the people appearing in the next few photos are listed by the final group photo.

The good and the great

From left to right:

Felipe Massa
Lance Stroll
Unknown
Paul Di Resta
Jason Plato
Martin Brundle
Claire Williams
Riccardo Patrese
Nigel Mansell
Keke Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
David Coulthard
Damon Hill (obscured)
Pastor Maldonado
Karun Chandhok
Alex Wurz
Sir Frank Williams (seated)
Patrick Head (behind Sir Frank)