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British GP, Silverstone: Williams: 600 races a 'remarkable achievement'

Frank Williams says it will be a remarkable opportunity to see his team reach 600 races in F1
Sir Frank Williams admits it will be a 'remarkable achievement' for his team when it celebrates reaching 600 races in F1 this weekend at Silverstone.

Founded back in 1977 by Williams and Patrick Head, the team has so far taken 114 wins and 16 championship titles – with Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve all securing honours during their time with the team.

Celebrations of the milestone will come at the same circuit where the team took its maiden win back in 1979 and also its 100th win in 1997.

The FW35s of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas will run a special livery for the weekend, carrying the names of all 691 Williams employees who work across the different divisions of the Williams Group.

“For an independent team like Williams to reach 600 races at the pinnacle of motorsport is a remarkable achievement,” Sir Frank said. “78 teams have come and gone or changed ownership since our foundation and our longevity is a testament to the thousands of people who have sacrificed so much to keep us here. It seems only right to mark this milestone at the home of British motorsport alongside our loyal British fans.”

Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director Claire Williams said it was only right for the team to celebrate its heritage as to continues to try and recover from a tough start to 2013.

“Williams has never been an organisation to dwell on what has gone before, but this weekend we will be rightly celebrating our heritage and reflecting on some of our defining moments over the past 36 years,” she said. “This is also an opportunity for us to take stock and look ahead to the future, making sure that we have the necessary pieces in place to make our next 600 races just as memorable.”



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Taz

June 26, 2013 10:33 AM

Hmmm I wouldn't make the celebrations too lavish, going to need all their pennies as on current form, they don't look like they'll score a point this season and that lack of prize money will leave a big hole in the funding.....just saying.



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