THEN: Silverstone 1979
Founded in 1977 by Frank Williams and Patrick Head, it would take just two years for Williams to start winning races. The team from Grove, Oxford will be celebrating their 600th Grand Prix this weekend at Silverstone, a fitting circuit for this landmark as the place where they took their first victory with Clay Regazzoni in 1979. Regazzoni’s team-mate Alan Jones went on to take four wins in the remaining six races and a year later, winning the Formula One World Championship and helping the team to take their first Constructors’ Championship.
NOW: Silverstone 2013
Since then, Williams have become one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula One, with 9 Constructors’ Championships, 7 Drivers’ Championships, 114 race wins and 127 pole positions. The achievements of Team Principal Frank Williams earned him a knighthood in the 1999 New Year’s Honours List.
It seems only right to mark this milestone at the home of British motorsport alongside our loyal British fans.
“For an independent team like Williams to reach 600 races at the pinnacle of motorsport is a remarkable achievement,” said Williams Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams. “78 teams have come and gone or changed ownership since our foundation and our longevity is a testament to the thousands of people who have sacrificed so much to keep us here. It seems only right to mark this milestone at the home of British motorsport alongside our loyal British fans.”
Earlier this year, Sir Frank’s daughter, Claire, became Deputy Team Principal of the team. “Williams has never been an organisation to dwell on what has gone before, but this weekend we will be rightly celebrating our heritage and reflecting on some of our defining moments over the past 36 years,” she said on Williams.com. “This is also an opportunity for us to take stock and look ahead to the future, making sure that we have the necessary pieces in place to make our next 600 races just as memorable.”
Williams are hoping to score their first points of the season at Silverstone.