Williams has unveiled a special commemorative livery for the British Grand Prix. The livery pays tribute to both the team’s British heritage and its late founder, Sir Frank Williams. As part of the design, the Union Jack is draped across the engine cover of the FW45 driven by Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant. Additionally, the livery references the team’s 800-race milestone with a striking design on the sidepods. The team’s sponsor, Gulf, also features more prominently on the car’s rear wing endplates.
Originally, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was meant to coincide with Williams‘ 800th race. However, due to the cancellation of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, the milestone was shifted to the Hungarian Grand Prix. To ensure that they could still celebrate their anniversary in front of their home crowd, Williams decided to keep the special livery on the car for both race weekends.
The late Sir Frank Williams, who passed away in November 2021, played an integral role in the team’s history, overseeing their participation in the majority of their 800 races. Under his leadership, Williams achieved remarkable success, winning nine constructors’ championships and seven drivers’ championships between 1977 and 2020. With the commemorative livery, the team aims to honor both their British heritage and the legacy of their beloved founder.
It’s important to differentiate the anniversary livery from another special livery that Williams will use later in the season. The team allowed fans to vote on four different concept designs for the Singapore, Japan, and Qatar rounds. Two liveries, named ‘Bolder than bold’ and ‘Heritage,’ emerged as finalists, but the final choice has yet to be revealed by the team.
Heading into the British Grand Prix, Williams currently sits ninth in the constructors’ standings. They have only scored points in two races so far this season. Alex Albon secured tenth place and a point in the Bahrain Grand Prix, while his teammate Logan Sargeant is yet to score points. However, Sargeant put in an impressive performance in Austria, finishing 13th at the Red Bull Ring.
In addition to the special livery, Williams has planned several other festivities for the Silverstone weekend. This includes a dedicated fanzone in London and a special demonstration of Nigel Mansell‘s iconic FW14B, which won the world championship, by the team’s brand ambassador and former driver Jenson Button. These activities aim to further engage with fans and celebrate the team’s rich history at their home race.