Inside Williams F1: photo gallery

By Andy Darley

CalendarThursday, July 23rd, 2009


This week saw the Williams F1 team open up its Grove, Oxfordshire, HQ to a party of bloggers and web journalists to publicise a competition it is running with its sponsor Philips.

Technical director Sam Michael and simulation engineer Jeff Calam took questions, and there were tours of the factory and the team museum.

The aim of the day was to show how the short-listed entrants in the Philips Driving Academy competition will be narrowed down through a series of actual and simulated driving tests until one is chosen to drive five laps in a Williams F1 car.

Always assuming there’s at least one entrant who Michael feels can handle the car, of course.

More about the competition in a separate story (you can enter it here) but, in the meantime, here are some pictures from the day.

Photos were strictly banned during the factory tour, but they were fair game in the grounds, the museum, the conference facilities – and, of course, during the group interviews with Michael and Calam.

Among the others to attend the event were Duncan ‘Doctor Vee‘ Stephen, Richard and Lloyd from (pictured seated on either side of Sam Michael) and Rob from the F1Fanatics blog (in the blue 555 shirt). Links go to their coverage.

A note on the images: because of persistent problems with our website software you may find you get a 404 error if you are viewing this in a feed reader and click on a link to see a full-size photo. You should be fine if you visit the page itself and click from there, however. Oh – and the lighting levels weren’t brilliant for a lot of them. Thanks!

3 responses to “Inside Williams F1: photo gallery”:

  1. Rob Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Hi guys, thanks for the linkback and the photos! Will be sure to add you to my link list. Hope to meet you again soon,

    Rob – The F1Fanatics Blog

  2. Adam Milleneuve Says:

    July 23rd, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Good to meet you both at Williams – what a cracking day. Some good photos there – glad to see I wasn’t the only obsessed with Williams’ gardening display…

    Adam from F1 Badger

  3. Richard Says:

    July 24th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Fantastic photos there, even if a couple of dodgy shots of my ugly mug got through ;)

    Great to meet up with you guys, hopefully can do it again sometime soon :)

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