Williams Racing has announced that it will endeavour to complete 100 pit stops over the course of next weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao to raise money for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 100 challenge charity.
The British ex-serviceman turned fundraiser would have celebrated his 101st Birthday on April 30th, and to mark the occasion the Captain Tom Foundation have invited people to take part in an activity that involves 100 repetitions – the number of laps of his garden that Sir Tom Moore completed in lockdown to both mark his 100th year, raising upwards of £30million in the process – and raise money as they do so.
Sir Tom Moore was a keen Formula 1 fan, and received goodwill messages from across the F1 community when news of his exploits made headlines across the world in spring of last year.
Williams have pledged to undertake the century of pitstops across the weekend – presumably largely as practice pitstops rather than in timed sessions (if – in their continued efforts to raise money for a charity close to their hearts – the Spinal Injuries Association, the team’s official charity they adopted following Sir Frank Williams’ life-changing accident in 1986.
“Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired millions around the world, with his simple message of hope ‘Tomorrow will be a good day’ and brought comfort and joy to so many around the world during the pandemic.” said Jost Capito, Williams CEO.
“It has been a challenging time for everyone and still is, and we want to take this opportunity to do something in his memory, whilst also raising money for a very worthy cause.”
In recent years Williams Racing has vied with Red Bull Racing for the DHL fastest pitstop award, consistently recording among the fastest pitstops at Grands Prix, and so this should stand the team in good stead to complete the challenge in good time. On the flip side, 100 practice pitstops could help them just pip Red Bull to the top spot, and perhaps – with the theory of marginal gains and all that – could prove to be decisive in Williams’ fight for points in F1 for the first time since 2019.
Good luck guys!
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