Williams celebrate 40th anniversary at Silverstone event

Williams Formula 1 team has held a 40th anniversary event at the Silverstone grand prix circuit which also served as a preview to this years British grand prix.

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The event included a showcase of several Williams cars as well as Karun Chandhok taking Nigel Mansell’s 1992 title winning FW14B for a spin around the track.

There were a number of former and the current Williams drivers in attendance including: Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, Nico & Keke Rosberg, Mark Webber and the teams last race winner Pastor Maldonado.

The cars on display included the March 761/7 plus Williams FW06, FW07, FW07B, FW08B, FW10, FW11, FW14B, FW15C, FW18, FW19, FW34 and FW36.

Also in attendance were Williams founder Sir Frank Williams (who made his first public appearance since returning home from hospital), co-founder Sir Patrick Head, F1 commercial MD Sean Bratches, Motorsports MD Ross Brawn and deputy team principal Claire Williams.

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Williams said “I’m buzzing, it’s been a brilliant day, The highlight has been the fans. It’s brilliant to have so many fans here to share our 40th anniversary. I couldn’t be prouder.

“We wanted to get the FW14B out, it hasn’t run since 1992, it was tricky to, and it’s such a complex car anyway. Just the things you don’t think about, the people who engineered at the time or who worked on the engine aren’t around any more – so it’s been a piece of work to make it happen.

“Seeing the span of cars over the years and the changing technologies and the changing sound, the difference is phenomenal.

“We’ve had lots of our old drivers here, plus lots of ex-Williams employees here who have made a huge contribution to Williams, so it’s fantastic to reunite.”

The team is planning to run the FW14B and 08B on parade laps during the British grand prix as well as a display of past cars.

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