Williams uses F1 tech for the emergency transport of infants

Baby Pod


Technology which protects Formula One drivers in the event of a crash, has been used to create a safe environment for new-born babies needing emergency transportation.

The advanced engineering arm of the Williams Group has designed and manufactured the Babypod 20 in collaboration with Advanced Healthcare Technology (AHT).

The hi-tech carbon fibre transport devices – which can withstand a 20 G-force crash – have been launched in Intensive Care Ambulances used at Great Ormond Street Hospital and run by the Children Acute Transport Service which also advised on design requirements.

Transporting new-born infants requires a safe, secure and temperature regulated environment, which has previously required the use of heavy and cumbersome incubators. These devices not only require an electricity supply, which is not always readily available, but also dedicated vehicles costing health services more.

The Babyhood 20…

… has been designed to provide the environment that a baby needs at a significantly reduced price of a standard transport incubator. Lightweight and easy to handle, Babypod 20 can attach to any transport stretcher whether on a trolley or in an ambulance, car or even helicopter.

The parallels between a Formula One car and transport device for babies may not be immediately apparent, but both demand a lightweight and strong structure that keeps the occupant safe in the event of an accident, and can monitor vital signs whilst remaining easily transportable and accessible.

Williams has taken the existing Babypod product and worked with AHT to create a device that is not only more compact and user-friendly but, crucially, can be scaled up in its production. Furthermore, accessibility has been improved with a slide and tilt mechanism to give greater ease of access for hospital staff. New, sleek styling has also been employed by the team.

Williams film


A documentary from BAFTA-winning director Morgan Matthews is coming out this summer. The film is based on the 1991 book by Lady Virginia Williams – A Different Kind of Life.

The film features legendary racing footage, interviews with much-loved Formula One stars including Sir Patrick Head, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet and candid never-before-seen accounts of what really went on behind closed doors. It is an honest, authentic and incredibly revealing portrait of one of the most extraordinary stories in motorsport.

Curzon Artificial Eye is hosting the world premiere of Williams on Tuesday 11 July in the Curzon Mayfair in association with Martini, Williams Martini Racing and Minnow Films. Representing Williams will be Claire Williams, Williams drivers past and present and two of the team’s iconic Formula One cars.

Williams will play nationwide previews on Wednesday 2 August including an exclusive filmed Q&A with Claire Williams, Morgan Matthews and special guests. Williams will go on general cinema release and on Curzon Home Cinema from Friday 4 August. To find the nearest cinema playing the film visit – WilliamsFilm.com #WilliamsFilm

Worth a punt

What about this, then?

Two fans have the chance to sleep in the Williams garage, alongside the FW40s that Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa will race the following day at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

As part of the prize, the winners will be hosted by deputy team principal Claire Williams during the weekend before meeting Massa and some of the team’s mechanics and engineers.

Great idea.

To participate in the Contest and to try to win the prize, you have to:

Sign in with an Airbnb account
Go to the Williams Martini Racing garage competition listing page
Click on the “Enter to Win” button
In the form provided write an artistic and creative story of 100 words maximum in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian or German explaining what you love about racing and why you deserve to be the one to stay the night in the Williams Martini Racing Garage at Silverstone, for the 2017 Formula One Rolex British Grand Prix.

The Submission must be sent from the participant’s Airbnb account to be verified and reviewed. Each participant can only participate once and you must be at least 25 years old.

The art of aero


Williams has collaborated with Blueshift GP to create a stunning new collection of artworks. You can see them at the Ransom Gallery in London (105 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LS until 31 March).

Using previously confidential imagery from Williams’ FW35 (and earlier) computational fluid dynamic (CFD) designs as inspiration, the artworks combine engineering expertise and art, and detail how the airflow around a car can be simulated.

Founded in July 2016, Blueshift GP was established with the sole purpose of working collaboratively with motorsport partners on designing, creating, developing and releasing unique and innovative design projects to the general public.


Felipe Massa to replace Valtteri Bottas at Williams for 2017 season



As expected Felipe Massa has agreed to rejoin Williams on a one-year deal, coming out of retirement to replace Valtteri Bottas who the team has released to join Mercedes for the 2017 season.

Felipe will race for a fourth consecutive season with Williams, alongside Lance Stroll who will make his Formula One debut in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Having joined Williams in 2014, Massa has been instrumental in the team’s improved performance supporting a resurgence to third place in the Constructors’ Championship in his first and second years.

Speaking about the announcement Massa said: “Firstly, I am very happy to have an opportunity to return to Williams. I always intended to race somewhere in 2017, but Williams is a team close to my heart and I have respect for everything it is trying to achieve. Valtteri has a great opportunity, given the turn of events over the winter, and I wish him all the best at Mercedes.

“In turn, when I was offered the chance to help Williams with their 2017 Formula One campaign, it felt like the right thing to do. I certainly have not lost any of my enthusiasm for racing and I’m extremely motivated to be coming back to drive the FW40. The support from my fans over the last few weeks has been a huge boost and I’m grateful for that. I also look forward to working with Lance; I’ve known him for many years and seen his talent develop during that time, so I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”

So, there you have it…

Massa retires in final home race

Williams Valtteri Bottas finished 11th and Felipe Massa retired from the Brazilian Grand Prix. The start was delayed due to heavy rain and a series of safety car periods and two red flags, on laps 21 and 28, broke the race into several segments. Both drivers lost track position when the first red flag penalised their early switch to intermediate tyres. Bottas contested the points placings for much of the race, and made up two places on the final lap.

Massa was making good progress in the treacherous conditions until he crashed out of his last home grand prix on lap 47, prompting emotional scenes as he was cheered by fans and greeted by teams as he walked back down the pitlane.

Bottas remains eighth and Massa 11th in the Drivers’ Championship. Williams stays fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.

Felipe Massa: “It’s impossible to explain my feelings from today, for everything that has happened. So much love. We couldn’t finish the race. I wanted to finish in the right way, with the flag on the top. Unfortunately, I couldn’t, but I think God knows what to do.

“I was just walking, in front of my people, with this amazing reaction. Not just from the fans but from all the people in Formula One coming out to clap their hands for me. It’s impossible to explain these emotions. I never expected this in my life, I don’t think I deserved as much as this.

“The minimum I can say is thank you very much to everyone, all the people I’ve worked with, all of the fans. I will never forget this day.”

Valtteri Bottas: “It was a very difficult day in very difficult conditions. We managed to keep the car in one piece but it wasn’t easy. We had quite a lot of potential with the strategy, but in the end the intermediate tyres starting working a bit too late for us.

“It’s a shame that Force India got a lot more points than us, so it’s going to be tricky in Abu Dhabi. We were just really unlucky today with the timing of our strategy. It’s been amazing to see the support here for Felipe and I’m sure he really appreciated it. We’ll enjoy Abu Dhabi.”

Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: “We knew we needed to do something different to get in the points. We hoped the rain would ease off enough to cause the extreme wet tyre to wear, so that our early decision to switch to the intermediates would give us the advantage. Unfortunately, with all the safety cars and red flag periods, it allowed everyone to keep changing their wet tyres for fresh ones, so we never saw the benefit.

“We did our best in difficult conditions but the safety cars and stoppages didn’t help us. It was a shame that Felipe had to end his race the way he did, as it would have been great for him to get a good result. You could see that he was absolutely filled with emotion, as he has been all weekend, and this final home race for him, in front of his fans and surrounded by friends and family must be something very special for him. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster.

“Credit must also go to Max Verstappen, who was in a class of his own today and was incredible to watch. He may have even won the race had it gone on a few laps longer. Thank you as well to all the fans who stayed to watch despite all the delays.”

New generation of F1 engineers



Williams and Randstad have announced the students selected to join the Randstad Williams Engineering Academy’s “Class of 2016” – the second intake of students to join this innovative scheme that sees Williams and Randstad mentor students from across the world as they bid to secure a career as a Formula One engineer.

Nine students were selected from a pool of candidates competing in the 2016 F1 in Schools World Finals competition held in Austin, Texas from 16-18 October. F1 in Schools is a global not for profit STEM competition that sees students design, build and race miniature racing cars.

Following a series of written submissions and group exercises the students were informed of their selection at last night’s F1 in School’s World Finals Gala Dinner in Austin, with Williams’ Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds, and Randstad’s Chief Innovation Officer in the US, Graig Paglieri making the announcement. The Class of 2016 are based in five different countries and comprises;

Nathan Bryce, UK
Katelyn Chelberg, UK
Michael Chellappah, Sri Lanka
Youngil Ko, South Korea
Amy Martin, UK
James McDonagh, UK
Cora Morrow, UK
Ajinkya Sawant, US
Jesse Stevens, Australia

Year One of the programme sees the students complete a series of motorsport themed e-learning modules that have been developed by Williams in partnership with Cambridge University Press. Each student has a Williams engineer as a tutor to guide them through the e-learning activities and provide advice on a motorsport career. This is complemented by a number of practical experiences.

Academies designed to identify and train future racing drivers have existed in Formula One for a number of years, but this is the first scheme of its kind dedicated to identifying and supporting a new generation of Formula One engineering stars.

This is a competitive scheme, with each cohort of students gradually whittled down in numbers based on performance criteria. The goal is for successful graduates of the Academy to join Williams upon completion of their university studies.

The Academy officially began in September 2015 and the first intake of eleven students have now completed their first year, with eight students successfully making it through to Year Two which kicks off on 1 November.

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