The coming Formula One campaign promises to be one packed with milestones for the Williams team, and plans to mark each highlight begin with a series of special colour schemes, starting from the testing livery on display in Spain this week.

Williams Grand Prix Engineering was incorporated in 1977 and entered its first Patrick Head-designed chassis in 1978 so, to inaugurate the start of Williams' 30th year of F1 racing, the team will unveil the first of six winter test liveries as its two interim FW29Bs roll out at Jerez de la Frontera. The first colour scheme, while remaining true to the original dark blue resurrected over the past few years, will include references to the 30th anniversary and its 500th entry in a grand prix, a milestone that will be recorded at the Turkish Grand Prix this season.

In addition, the team will record its 50,000 racing lap during the forthcoming year - potentially during the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona assuming both FW30s demonstrate a perfect finishing record to this point in the season - while the Monaco Grand Prix will be Frank Williams' 600th grand prix as an entrant, his 39-year involvement due to take him beyond the legendary Enzo Ferrari in the process. Williams has missed just 23 races in almost four decades, a remarkable feat considering that he has been confined to a wheelchair since the 1980s.

The team will release its second winter livery at the Valencia test next week, coinciding with the first run for the 2008 car, which will make its track debut on Tuesday 22 January.

Although there are no plans for a large-scale launch this season, the team will reveal six themed liveries to be run across the two-month winter testing campaign in Spain prior to the full racing colours being released in the build-up to the season-opening grand prix in Melbourne on 16 March.

 

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