Australian GP Race Preview
This year’s season-opener is particularly exciting for the Williams team who will be showcasing their brand new FW36 and their brand new driver, Felipe Massa, on the Albert Park F1 track in Melbourne. Having last won this race in 1996 Williams hope to kick the season off with another strong result.
With Melbourne’s laid back atmosphere, passionate and knowledgeable fans and sunshine, Massa explains why he feels it’s a great place to race, “I love Melbourne, it’s a fantastic place and a really good atmosphere. The people there really love racing and Formula 1 and so are always really welcoming towards us. I like the track and it’s quite a challenging circuit. I am really looking forward to racing there this year and having a good start to the season with Williams Martini Racing.”
Valtteri Bottas shares Massa enthusiasm for the city’s passionate atmosphere, commenting, “I am really looking forward to going to Melbourne. It’s a very nice track with a great atmosphere. It’s a new season and a new challenge, not just for me but for everyone. We will finally get to see where every team’s performance is. The track improves a lot throughout the weekend because it’s not a permanent
race track which means that we have more grip each time we go out and so you have to make the right set-up changes for each session. I really enjoy the track and I can’t wait to get racing again”
Some key race information for F1 fans:
Number of Laps: 58
Lap Distance: 5.303km
Race Distance: 308km
Circuit Direction: Clockwise
Top Speed: 287kph
Average Speed: 203kph
Longest Straight: 843m
Fastest Pitstop: 2.1 s
Total Pitstops: 53
Pit Loss: 26.8s
Pitlane Length: 280m
Downforce Level: High
Cooling Requirement: Medium
The FW36 Is Unveiled
The long-awaited Williams F1 Team car livery has been revealed to the world and it was well worth the wait. It was a proud moment for official partner Randstad.
The New FW36 Achieves Results in Testing
The FW36 is one of the most technologically advanced Formula One cars ever produced by Williams. It is the culmination of more than two years of research and development by the team’s technical departments in Grove and it incorporates the power unit from the team’s new partner, Mercedes-Benz.
Williams’ Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds said: “This is the first time that Williams has worked with Mercedes in F1 and we’ve been very impressed,” says Symonds. “Their professionalism and commitment have been notable and we’re as confident as we can be that the power unit will be competitive.”
All eyes were on The Williams F1 Team in Bahrain for testing and the proof was in the pudding. By the final day, it was clear that the two Mercedes-powered cars dominated the track. New Williams F1 Team driver, Felipe Massa, secured the fastest lap in Sakhir with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels. Massa’s teammate Valtteri Bottas was close behind. It’s looking set to be a great, high-performing season for Williams.
Welcome Felipe Massa
This season, Randstad and Williams have welcomed Felipe Massa to the team, driving alongside Valtteri Bottas for the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. The new line-up reflects Williams’ determination to bring success back to the team.
Felipe is an experienced and talented race winner, with 11 race wins and 36 podiums under his belt. Felipe Massa said: “Williams is one of the most successful and important teams of all time in Formula One. When I was a kid, I always dreamed about racing for Williams, Ferrari or McLaren and I’m glad to be signing with another icon of the sport following my time at Ferrari. It is also nice to remember that some of the best Brazilian drivers raced for Williams and cemented a strong national link with the team. With such a major change of regulations in 2014, I hope my experience will be useful in helping the team in its effort to move on from a difficult period. Since my early days in motor racing, I don’t remember seeing so many new rules in a single season and I’m fully prepared to work with everyone at Grove to make sure we find the right direction. I’m highly motivated to start working hard from the very beginning in what is an exciting new challenge in my career.”
Randstad is the Official Partner of the Williams F1 Team
Success in Formula One requires the commitment of a talented team performing at the best of their ability.
This is also true for employees at Randstad, and Williams share Randstad’s core value in “striving for perfection”. Randstad’s ability to attract, coach and retain the best people for its global client base is testament to the fact that we live by this core value.
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What Does Our Williams F1 Partnership Mean?
Unlike other Formula 1 racing teams, Williams F1 does most of the work in-house. Which means having the right people on board is paramount.
From the person that designs the bolts, to the person that radios instructions, to the person in the pit stop changing the tyre, to the driver… everyone plays a vital role in achieving success.
Whether Randstad is recruiting for Williams (which we do) or any of our clients, in “striving for perfection”, it’s not just the rigorous checks that come as standard. We understand the importance of the right fit for your company - the “team spirit” that can drive an organisation’s success.
Our partnership also enables us to provide opportunities for our clients and candidates to join us on unique events and F1-themed experiences.
Our most recent event was an inspirational networking evening with Williams driver Susie Wolff.
For more information or the latest news visit the Williams website