Australian GP: Massa secures points for Williams Martini
The results of the 2017 Australian GP would see Williams Martini driver Felipe Massa securing the teams points of the season with a sixth place finish. It was an uneventful race for the Brazilian but the same could not be said for his team-mate. Lance Stroll would retire late in the race with a brake issue but up till this point he had made a few rookie type mistakes including flat spotting his right front tyre at the start of the race. A positive start from the Williams team but they are still going to have to find pace from the FW40.
Australian GP: Mixed qualifying for Williams Martini
The results for the 2017 Australian GP would be mixed for the Williams Martini team with Felipe Massa finishing an encouraging 7th but for his team-mate Lance Stroll his qualifying would see him not make it past the first period. Lance had damaged his car in the final practice session which would see his mechanics finishing the repairs as the first period of qualifying started. With the reapirs on his car Lance would incur a five place grid penalty and what with his time this would see him start Sunday's race from last.
Australian GP: Frustrating FP2 for Williams Martini
The second Friday practice session for the 2017 Australian GP would not go as smoothly as the first for the Williams Martini team. The session would see Felipe Massa stop out on the track with what was reported to be a gearbox issue. Team-mate Lance Stroll would continue his runs in the FW40 but he would finish somehwat off the pace once the quicker times started to be seen. Felipe and Lance would finish in 14th and 16th. Quickest was Hamilton by a considerable margin.
Australian GP: Positive start for Williams Martini in FP1
It would be a positive start to the 2017 Australian GP weekend for the Williams Martin team. Both Felipe Massa and rookie Lance Stroll were able to complete the session with an impressive number of laps as they worked through their programme. Apart from a few rookie mistakes Lance was impressive on his first run in a F1 practice session. Felipe and Lance would finsih in 7th and 13th positions. Quickest was Hamilton.
Australian GP: Williams Martini Race Preview
In what is the season opener for the 2017 Formula One season the Williams Martini team moves to Melbourne for the 2017 Australian GP. In what is the first race in a season that sees a wide varity of changes, ranging from wider tyres to new aerodynamics, the Williams team has come away from testing with a feeling of confidence with the performance of their new FW40. The race will see the return of Felipe Massa and the arrival of rookie Lance Stroll to the driver line-up.
Legendary racer John Surtees has died at the age of 83
Sad news as motor sport legend John Surtees has died at the age of 83. The only man to be crowned world champion on both two wheels and four, ‘Big John’ was one of the most versatile of racers, and he left his mark in a way that few could hope to emulate; not least in the wake of personal tragedy.
Williams appoints Lowe as Chief Technical Officer
Williams announced the appointment of Paddy Lowe as Chief Technical Officer for the Williams Group. Paddy will join Williams today, 16 March, and will take overall management responsibility for the engineering operation at Grove. Paddy will also join the company’s Board of Directors and take a shareholding in the company.
Williams Barcelona Test 10:03:2017 Day Four
The final day of testing for the Williams Martini team would see Lance Stroll carry out the driving duties. It was another productive day for the team as Lance worked through his test programme. This included soft tyre runs as well as longer runs. Lance would complete 132 laps during the day. He would attempt a race simulation but would be hindered by several red flags. For the Williams team the next stop is Melbourne for the Australian GP, the first round of the 2017 Formula One season.
Williams Barcelona Test 09:03:2017 Day Three
As the pre-season testing winds up the Williams Martini team would have both their drivers running on the penultimate day of testing. Lance Stroll and Felipe Massa would finish in 13th and 12th positions but it was not a day of performance testing. The team would focus on longer race simulation type runs. But their test was hindered by several red flags during the day. Lance Stroll will complete the final day of testing.
Williams Barcelona Test 08:03:2017 Day Two
On a day that saw both Williams drivers run the Williams Martini team would complete another productive day of testing. Both drivers would complete 122 laps in total with Felipe Massa finishing 2nd and Lance Stroll 5th. For Felipe it was another productive day as the team worked through their test programme. For Lance his day was not marred by any incidents and he was able to experience the softer compunds tyres. Both drivers will run in the third day of testing.