Less than a week since the Williams team announced the passing of founder Sir Frank Williams on behalf of the Williams family, the F1 circus arrives in Saudi Arabia for the country’s inaugural Grand Prix.
Many have called on Williams to use a special livery this weekend in tribute to Sir Frank, whether that be a retro Saudia throwback or a fully black livery out of respect for his passing.
The timescale in which Williams would’ve had to work with makes running an all-new livery this weekend impossible to accomplish, considering the sponsor implications, production time and administrative requirements to even be allowed to contemplate the idea.
However the livery of the FW43B does feature a major tweak on the engine cover, with the addition of the ‘Frank Williams’ name in large font with a wings graphic around his surname.
The nosecone of the Alpine A521 also features a similar logo above its main sponsor list between the bulkhead at the front suspension and the front wing. The Alpine/Renault team is synonymous with Williams as engine supplier to the British team as recently as 2013.
On the subject of Alpine, shots from inside the team’s garage appeared to show an all-new livery on the rear quarter of the car. What looks to be a celebration of 100 years of Castrol Oil with Renault, the rear portion of the engine cover and the rear wing endplates have turned entirely green and feature the phrase ‘Renault recommends Castrol’.
Castrol’s Motorsport Manager Mark Crockett has confirmed Alpine’s use of a special livery which “underlines the partnership spirit and ambitions of our teams on and off track.”
By far the brightest green design this weekend in Saudi Arabia is that of the updated green adorning the Aston Martin safety car and medical car – both featuring a lighter shade of Saudi Arabia green in place of the usual British racing green.