German GP qualifying: Williams

Valtteri Bottas climbs in to his car.

Valtteri Bottas climbs in to his car.

Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 30 July 2016. Felipe Massa, Williams Martini Racing. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image WW2Q1402

Felipe Massa


Valtteri Bottas qualified eighth and Felipe Massa 10th for the German Grand Prix.

Both cars progressed from Q1 into Q2 after one run each on the supersoft tyre, with Bottas easily advancing through in P7 and Massa in P15. Bottas and Massa both went out twice in Q2 on new supersofts. The Toro Rosso of Sainz hampered Massa at Turn 2 on his first run which forced him to go again. Massa eventually made it through in P10 on his final lap. Bottas made it through to Q3 in P5 with a 1:15.490, his fastest time of the day.

Setting one timed lap each in Q3, Massa headed out first on to a clear track, followed by Bottas who also entered the track with no cars ahead. Bottas and Massa crossed the line in P6 and P7, but dropped to P8 and P10 as the remainder of the field finished their flying laps.

Valtteri Bottas: “It was a very consistent qualifying session from us as a team. It was a very close session, as expected, but the balance of the car felt good and we managed to get the tyres to work better. We are missing a bit of grip compared to the cars in front so I think we more or less got the maximum from the car today. I had some traffic in the last sector on my Q3 run which cost me a few hundredths, so I could have been seventh, but apart from that I’m pretty pleased with my qualifying today.”

Felipe Massa: “I’d say it was a very competitive qualifying today, especially with Force India. We are constantly fighting for a tenth. I was very happy with my lap; but I just went into the turn too much at corner 12 and I lost time on my lap because of that. That’s the only thing that happened or else I’d have easily been one tenth quicker. So that’s a shame, but I will try even harder for the team tomorrow.”


Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal

Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 23 July 2016. Felipe Massa, Williams Martini Racing. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _W2Q6827

Felipe Massa

Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 24 July 2016. Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 Mercedes, arrives on the grid. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams ref: Digital Image _W2Q7931

ValtteriBottas arrives on the grid.

F1 pitstop techniques to help in resuscitation of newborn babies

On your marks...

On your marks…


Now, here’s an interesting one…

Williams has been assisting the neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff by bringing Formula One pitstop know-how to help in the resuscitation of newborn babies.

Recognising the similarities between neonatal resuscitations and Formula One pitstops, the resuscitation team at UHW invited members of the Williams team to the hospital last year for an exploratory meeting to discuss how Formula One techniques and processes could be incorporated into their work. Wednesday 4 May saw members of the neonatal team from UHW visit the Williams factory in Oxfordshire to observe the team practice pitstops to see first-hand how they operate.

Both scenarios require a team of people to work seamlessly in a time critical and space-limited environment. In Formula One, a pit crew can change all four tyres on a car in around two seconds, with a team of nearly 20 people working in unison to successfully service a car. Williams has a dedicated human performance specialist who works with its pitcrew to fine tune the technique, processes, team work and health and fitness of team members.

Their experience previously treating new-borns in clinical practice has facilitated the transition of knowledge between the two industries and they have been the primary advisor to the hospital. Williams’s pitstops have been a real success story for the team in 2016, recording the fastest stops of any team at each of the first four races of the 2016 Formula One season.

Following these site visits, the neonatal team has identified and started implementing a number of changes to improve its resuscitation processes that are based on those used in Formula One racing. The resuscitation equipment trolley has now been audited and streamlined to ensure that equipment can be located as quickly as possible.

The neonatal team has mapped out a standardised floor space in delivery theatres to clearly show the area for the neonatal resuscitation team to work in; copying the customised floor map the Williams team takes to races to map out the specific pit box requirements at each track.

The pitstop resuscitation team at UHW are also in the early stages of implementing Formula One communications and analysis techniques, including the use of a “radio-check” prior to a resuscitation, greater use of hand signals rather than verbal communication, and video analysis to analyse performance following a resuscitation with debrief meetings as standard.

Speaking about the project Dr Rachel Hayward, specialist registrar in Neonates at the University Hospital of Wales said: “Resuscitation of a compromised neonate at delivery is time critical, requiring the provision of efficient and effective resuscitation to ensure an optimal outcome.”

Lovely the language medics use…

“Delays in providing effective resuscitative care can have marked consequences on survival or the development of long term complications. There is a growing amount of evidence to support a systematic approach to resuscitative care which is time-critical and dependent upon optimal team dynamics and clear communication.

“Analogous with the requirements of an effective pitstop we have worked with the Williams team to implement Formula One techniques and processes to augment neonatal resuscitative care”.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal of Williams, added: “When we were approached by the Neonatal team at the University Hospital of Wales last year to offer some advice we were delighted to assist. Their work is vitally important and the pressure they work under is difficult to comprehend; it’s a matter of life and death every day of the week.

“If some of the advice we have passed on helps to save a young life then this would have been an extremely worthy endeavour. We are increasingly finding that Formula One know-how and technology can have benefit to other industries and this is a great example.”

I think this is great. We should have many more cross-industry knowledge transfers like this.

Williams brings out driving app





The Oris Reaction Race is a new mobile and tablet game featuring Williams Racing.

Reaction Race is free to download for Apple and Android mobile phones and tablets, and will test your reflexes and precision through five stages of a race:

Starting grid – react to the lights to make the fastest start
Gear change – time your shifts to maximise speed
Pit stop – change the wheels and make the fastest pit stop
Braking zone – perfect your braking for the best lap time
Photo finish – snap a shot of the car as it crosses the finish line.

The five game modes combine to create a full race challenge, from which you can compare your score against your friends and other online users.

Oris, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer in its 13th year as Williams’ Official Watch Partner, is also running a competition throughout the 2015 Formula One season to award prizes to players of the game, which has been developed by Playerthree studio.

One of the top 20 players on the leaderboard in each race week of the 2015 Formula One World Championship will win a signed Williams Racing cap, with an additional prize draw at the end of the Formula One season awarding an Oris Williams Day Date watch and a piece of signed bodywork from a Williams Formula One car.

Speaking about the launch of Reaction Race Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director of Williams, said: “Williams is currently placing great emphasis on creating engaging digital content for our fans. Oris has something that tests your skills in a new and addictive way, and we are sure it will be a big hit.”

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