Williams and Martini joined forced in the worldly popular Formula 1 racing circuit. The Williams team is one of the top racing teams in the top echelon of F1 competitions. By joining with Martini on a sponsorship deal brings the Martini name back into the racing circles. “We are thrilled to welcome MARTINI to the Williams family and officially launch WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING,” said Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, Williams. “Williams and MARTINI share a rich history in the world of motorsport, and the values of our two brands and our shared passion for racing make this partnership a natural fit. It will be great to see the distinctive stripes of MARTINI Racing return to Formula One once again in unison with Williams.” Their new car will also be a first and it will be the Mercedes Benz FW36, with the iconic Martini racing stripes on both the car and the driver’s suits.
The Williams Mercedes FW36 is one of the most technologically advanced Formula One cars produced by Williams. It is the culmination of years of research and development by the team’s technical departments and it incorporates the power unit from the team’s new partner, Mercedes-Benz. The new engine is a brand new fully integrated hybrid engine as opposed to partial hybrid of previous versions and will be the first eight speed gearbox in Williams’ history.
The drivers for the newly formed Williams Martini Racing team will be headed by Felipe Massa a Brazilian born driver with over ten years of experience who most recently driven for the Ferrari racing team and has race wins at the French, European and Brazilian Grand Prix events. He will be joined by Valtteri Bottas a Finnish born driver who started his Formula racing career in 2007 and is with the Williams racing team since 2012.
The WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING-branded FW36 car made its race debut on March 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, kicking off the 2014 F1 season and the next race upcoming race for this newly formed Williams Martini Team is March 28, 2014 in Malaysia for the Malaysian Grand Prix.