Williams F1 Partner Day

The Williams F1 Team hosted an action packed Partner Day at Silverstone on 17th October 2012 as a way of paying tribute to its loyal stable of partners. One of the day’s highlights was Williams F1 Development Driver Susie Wolff driving the FW33, her first time at the wheel of a Formula One car. Other highlights included Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Valtteri Bottas driving two of the most legendary cars in Williams’ history – the FW08 that took Keke Rosberg to the driver’s title in 1982 and the FW18 that saw Damon Hill clinch the championship in 1996.

The Japanese Grand Prix has the most amazing fans of all the circuits

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Back in the day, organisers of race meetings at Goodwood circuit in the UK used to talk about having “the right crowd and no crowding”. What would they have made of the crowd at Suzuka? A trip into the spectator areas yesterday revealed some interesting sights: there were fans wearing replica Michael Schumacher helmets all day; other people were wearing the overalls of their favourite drivers; others were draped from head-to-toe in Williams team clothing. Yes, we have a merchandising stand here at Suzuka and it would seem the fans can’t get enough of our gear, all the caps sold out before Saturday! Third driver Valtteri Bottas even spotted a #Bottas flag in the grandstands during FP1!

Pastor Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton with new helmets today

Pastor Maldonado introduced a new helmet design yesterday. The words “Less Trouble, More Speed” were printed on the back of his lid, the meaning of which can be traced back to an interview with Alain Prost. The four-time world champion says there needs to be less trouble and politics in our sport, and more speed – a sentiment Pastor clearly agrees with! Continuing the theme of new designs, Lewis Hamilton is sporting the Italian flag on his helmet this weekend. “I did a lot of racing in Italy between the ages of 13 and 16,” says Lewis, “and I wanted to do this out of respect to the Italians.”