Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013

Special 600th race livery for Williams at Nurburgring

2013 German Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Williams will use a special livery for the German Grand Prix marking their 600th race start.

The FW35s will carry the number ‘600’ on their sidepods and carry the names of 691 employees who work for the Williams Group.

“For an independent team like Williams to reach 600 races at the pinnacle of motorsport is a remarkable achievement,” said team founder Frank Williams.

“Seventy-eight teams have come and gone or changed ownership since our foundation and our longevity is a testament to the thousands of people who have sacrificed so much to keep us here. It seems only right to mark this milestone at the home of British motorsport alongside our loyal British fans.”

Williams scored their first F1 victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1979. Clay Regazzoni won after team mate Alan Jones retired from the lead.

They went on to amass a total of 114 wins and 297 podium appearances. They’ve won the constructors’ championship nine times and their drivers have won the drivers’ title on seven occasions.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “Williams has never been an organisation to dwell on what has gone before, but this weekend we will be rightly celebrating our heritage and reflecting on some of our defining moments over the past 36 years.”

“This is also an opportunity for us to take stock and look ahead to the future, making sure that we have the necessary pieces in place to make our next 600 races just as memorable.”

Only Ferrari (858) and McLaren (730) have started more races than Williams.

Update: This article was revised to correct an error – the livery will appear at the German Grand Prix, not the British race.

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