Felipe Massa Joins Williams Stars at Autosport International 2016

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa will lead a line-up of famous Williams faces at Autosport International this January. Also starring at the NEC as part of a major Williams feature will be Williams Martini Racing Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams, and Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds, giving fans exclusive insight into the world of Formula One.

Due to a major Williams feature at this coming January’s event, showgoers will be able to immerse themselves in every aspect of the Grove-based racing organisation from Williams Martini Racing to Williams Heritage and Williams Advanced Engineering.

Current Williams Martini Racing driver, Felipe Massa, will join the show after a fantastic season which saw him finish sixth in the Formula One Drivers’ Championship, picking up two podium finishes in the process. His car, the FW37, is also on display at Autosport International, and will be one of eight Formula One cars from Williams’ Formula One history stretching back to its very first season in 1978.

The cars will be on display outside the Williams Martini Racing motorhome, which will be constructed next to the Autosport Stage for the first time ever outside of a racing circuit.

Massa is just one of many famous names from Williams who will be appearing at Autosport International. Claire Williams who has been Deputy Team Principal since 2013, and plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day running of the team will also be in attendance.

Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer of Williams Martini Racing will be appearing alongside Chief Performance Engineer, Jakob Andreasen. Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley, worked with Felipe Massa for several years at Ferrari as his Race Engineer before moving to Williams in 2014 will also be making an appearance with the team.

Also at the show will be Craig Wilson, the Managing Director of Williams Advanced Engineering. The Advanced Engineering division transfers Formula One know-how to other sectors and has completed many high-profile projects such as the Jaguar C-X75 which appeared in SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The C-X75 for SPECTRE was developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, and will be on display at the Williams Martini Racing motorhome. A C-X75 will also be taking to the Live Action Arena, giving showgoers the opportunity to see this incredible car in motion.

Williams Heritage’s Jonathan Williams and Dickie Stanford, the General Manager of Williams Heritage will both appear at the show as well. Williams Heritage – the team’s historic racing division – restores and fully supports Williams racing cars for private owners.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, Williams Martini Racing said: “We’re all really looking forward to engaging with fans of Williams at Autosport International this January. This really does give us a unique opportunity to give something back – it’s going to be a great event.”

Anthony Rowlinson, Group Editor – Motorsport at Haymarket Media Group said: “It is fantastic that Williams will be playing such a large role at Autosport International. To have Felipe Massa, Claire Williams, Pat Symonds and Rob Smedley – not to mention many others – all joining the cars and the Williams Martini Racing motorhome will make this event a must-attend.”

Ian France, Autosport International show director said: “Having so many key members of the Williams team, including Felipe Massa, at Autosport International is great news for fans. With the official team motorhome next to the main stage it will really bring a slice of Formula One paddock to the show.”

Autosport International takes place from 14-17 January 2016 at the Birmingham NEC with tickets on sale now from http://www.autosportinternational.com/public.

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