Williams Racing will celebrate their 750th Grand Prix in the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix with a special ‘750 Grands Prix’ logo on their car.
The names of 100 lucky Formula 1 fans along with how many of Williams’ 750 Grands Prix they’ve supported the team will also appear on the black halo of both cars during the weekend*.
Williams began life as Williams Grand Prix Engineering back in 1977, when founders Sirs Frank Williams and Patrick Head launched the Formula 1 team that would become one of the sport’s most successful outfits, taking 16 world titles, and 114 Grand Prix wins.
Also marking the special occasion is George Russell, who will be sporting a special anniversary helmet that will feature photos of some of Williams’ most iconic cars and drivers, including Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Ayrton Senna.
Williams go into the weekend on the back of their worst string of results in its entire history, having failed to take a world championship point since the German Grand Prix of 2019, some 32 races ago.
Williams is only the third Formula 1 team to reach 750 Grands Prix, after Ferrari, who have completed over 1000 GPs, having joined F1 in its first season in 1950, and British constructor McLaren – now on 800+.
“This milestone is about celebrating everyone that has been on this journey to 750 Grands Prix and will continue to be on this journey with us, as the team heads into a new era.” Williams’ CEO Jost Capito told williamsracing.com
“We’re excited to share some of the incredible stories that have made the team what it is today and hear from supporters who have their own amazing tales of what Williams means to them.”
And what a journey it’s been! The highest of highs, including championship wins for the likes of Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, the great Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, but also devastating lows like the loss of Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994.
Williams’ 750th Grand Prix seems like it would be the perfect opportunity to end the points drought does it not? Good luck guys!
*I entered the competition, but wasn’t one of the lucky winners chosen to have their name on the halo of the Williams FW43B. My number is 619, dating back to the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix.