Tata – The team will benefit from Tata Communications’ seven-season track record in the reliable delivery of network, hosting, broadcasting and security services to the Formula One ecosystem. The team will use Tata Communications’ digital infrastructure to enable real-time data transfer between the pitlane garage at all Grands Prix and the team’s factory in the UK.
This infrastructure includes a superfast subsea fibre network that carries around 30% of the world’s Internet routes. It powers Internet of Things applications across the globe, underpins Tata Communications’ cloud and cyber security services, and enables software defined networking for multinational businesses. Harnessing Tata Communications’ digital capabilities means that even if ROKiT Williams Racing’s engineers are thousands of miles apart, they are able to share vital data and insights, and collaborate on race strategy as if they were in the same place.
“Tata Communications plays a central role in all areas of Formula One – arguably the most challenging technology environment there is,” said Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, ROKiT Williams Racing. “We’ve chosen Tata Communications as our new partner because of its deep understanding of the Formula One ecosystem and its unique technology requirements, and the company’s ‘whatever it takes’ attitude to support our team. We know we can trust Tata Communications to deliver at every race weekend, anywhere in the world.”
APL – Known for combining fashion, luxury, technology and performance, APL reimagined its iconic TechLoom Breeze in three variations of custom ROKiT Williams Racing colours to ensure both style and performance. Specially designed for both sports and lifestyle activities, the custom TechLoom Breeze is decorated with a branded Williams Racing pull tag on the back of each shoe. They also feature APL’s patented, stretch-rebound TechLoom upper, which naturally hugs the foot for maximum support. Like all APL trainers, they also boast APL’s proprietary Propelium™ technology, designed to maximise energy generation and provide superior comfort.
Deputy Team Principal, Claire Williams commented, “I am delighted to announce APL as an Official Supplier to ROKiT Williams Racing. APL will provide high quality footwear to ensure that the race team are supported and can perform at their highest level. APL stand for innovation and pioneering technology; two qualities that Williams values and continually strives to achieve. I am looking forward to the 2019 season wearing our unique APL trainers.”
Talking about the forthcoming Grand Prix, drivers Robert Kubica and George Russell had this to say…
Robert Kubica; “It will be a very emotional Grand Prix. It is the second debut for me after being away from the sport for many years. My last Formula One race was in Abu Dhabi 2010, so I am looking forward to going to Australia with a few things to cover and learn. I hope to enjoy the weekend and that everything will run smoothly without any big issues so I can concentrate on my driving and discover a new Formula One. It is one thing to drive a Formula One car, and it is another thing to actually race it. Over the years, I think the approach to races has changed, so I have a lot of things to discover but I am looking forward to it.”
George Russell; “I am extremely excited for Melbourne. It will be my first race in Formula One and it is a dream come true. It will be a very proud and extremely surreal moment for me standing on the starting grid with everybody preparing for the race, and I am really looking forward to the whole experience. I am going to make sure that I enjoy it, won’t take it for granted and make the most of it. I have never been to Australia before, so I am going out there earlier to get used to the weather, the time difference and see the city a little bit before starting work properly on the Tuesday before the race. All in all I am really looking forward to the whole experience.”