Hungarian Grand Prix
It was a 5th place finish for Massa and an 8th place finish for Bottas in the eventful Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa ended his run of bad luck and put on a strong performance that brought home points for Williams Martini Racing. He is optimistic about the rest of the season saying, “we took some risks with the tyres in the pit-stops and in the end it was a good result. Now we can look forward to the second part of the season and I’m sure we will score a lot more points”.
Events took a turn for the better for the team with a double top 10 finish for the drivers. Running 2nd in the early stages of the race, Bottas was delayed after a pit stop left him lagging behind the safety car. He was pushed out of the leading 10 but eventually reached 8th position, challenging Vettel for 7th. He remains optimistic about the season saying, “there are many more good moments for us to come this season, we are getting stronger.”
Williams Martini Racing are currently on 135 points putting them 4th in the Constructors’ Championship.
German Grand Prix
Another Podium finish from Bottas at the German Grand Prix pushed Williams Martini Racing up to third in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of Ferrari. It was a fantastic finish for Williams as they celebrated Valtteri Bottas’ third consecutive podium and the team’s 300th podium in Germany.
Chasing Mercedes and increasing the gap between the cars behind, Bottas managed his tyres well and worked hard to keep Lewis Hamilton behind in the last laps to finally finish in 2nd position. Bottas showed appreciation to the entire Williams team saying “the engineers shared a lot of information – and that team work was the key to the good result”
Felipe Massa‘s was involved in a first corner crash that saw him hit from behind, spinning the car off course and leaving him with another early retirement from the race. He walked away without injury and recognised that without the crash, the car and both drivers are podium worthy saying, “to have another race ended by another driver is not easy – we have the car to get to the podium.” Rob Smedley again shared Massa’s view and has high hopes for both drivers, saying “We just need that bad luck for Felipe to stop as our aim is to get both cars on the podium”
British Grand Prix
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone proved to be a mixed bag of emotion for the team. Bottas achieved his best ever race result, winning his 2nd consecutive podium with a second place finish. It was an incredible showcase for what the team can achieve as well as the potential of the car. Bottas was quick to recognise the entire team's contribution to his success saying, “I am so happy for the team, they have worked on race pace and it shows”.
For Felipe Massa, it wasn't the sweet victory he had hoped for his 200th race. Not long after the race began, Massa was involved in a crash that left him having to retire from the race. He escaped un-hurt and remains optimistic for the rest of the season. Rob Smedley, head of performance engineering, echoed Massa’s hope for future podiums suggesting Williams “could have had a double podium” with the standard of the car and the high performing team. Celebrations were also in place for Bottas with Smedley congratulating him and the team as they push through the ranks.
Australian Race Day Results
The long awaited Australian Grand Prix on Sunday proved
every bit as exciting as the build-up was for Williams and their sponsors. With
a final finish of 6th place for our Williams Martini Racing team, it
was a celebratory atmosphere for the team and sponsors alike.
Valtteri Bottas put on an incredible performance drawing
level, after having fallen behind following a puncture that left the FW36
needing an extra pit-stop. The man of the moment raced ahead in spectacular
fashion and claimed his position amongst the leading 10 and finally finished at
6th position. It is a massive leap forward for the Williams team who
finished 14th at last year’s Australian Grand Prix, proving the
difference that driver talent and a high performance car and culture can make.
Bottas said, “The car performed very well today which is
looking encouraging for the season ahead, and on the whole as a team we can be
pleased that we have made a good step forward from last season. – I’m looking
forward to seeing what we can do in Malaysia.”
It was a disappointing start to the season for Felipe
Massa, who had to retire from the race after the first lap having been hit from
behind. The chance to drive his way to success with Williams will no doubt be
the focus of the up-coming Malaysian Grand Prix.
Massa said, “I’m obviously very disappointed as I had the
sort of car capable of challenging for a podium today – but there are a lot of
positive things that the team can take from this weekend in terms of pace and
reliability, so I'm just thinking about the next race and having a strong
As with Williams’s newest driver, the full potential of the
new FW36 car is yet to be demonstrated. And like Australia, Malaysia looks set
to be the next platform to showcase the high performance Williams team and car
Australian GP Race Preview
This year’s season-opener is particularly exciting for the Williams F1 Team who will be showcasing their brand new FW36 and their brand new driver, Felipe Massa, on the Albert Park F1 circuit Melbourne. Having last won this race in 1996, Williams hopes to kick the season off with a 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