Williams F1 Launch


Scottish Formula 1 racing driver Susie Wolff was showing off her team's new Martini livery yesterday when she met up with teammates to unveil this year's retro theme.
> Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr gathered in London as their team, Williams, revealed Martini as its new sponsor. The big names joined Wolff, who is the first female F1 driver in 21 years.

The 31-year-old will be taking part in two practice sessions for Williams ahead of the British and German Grand Prix in July.

She has had plenty of driving experience that includes seven years in the German Touring Car Championships and two years as a Williams development driver.

It was as a development driver that she impressed the bosses, and after a storming performance in a test last July, she was promoted into the team.

Williams F1 Launch

Susie hopes that the next step of her journey will be competing in an F1 Grand Prix.

Thanks to a new sponsorship deal with Martini, the firm's iconic red and blue strips that once featured on sports cars around the world will be back again this year.

Martini has a history in motorsport dating back to the 1960's, resulting in its distinguishing stripes featuring not only on F1 cars, but touring cars and world rally cars as well.

The drinks manufacturer famously sponsored the Porsche 917 that won the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1971. The Martini Lancia rally car also won the WRC driver's title in 1987 and 1991.

Williams hope that their new colours will bring them a great improvement this season as they look to build on their disappointing ninth place finish last year.

Article by: Harry Boucher