Felipe Massa to appear at 2016 Autosport International Show


Formula One star Felipe Massa will headline a huge Williams feature at the 2016 Autosport International show in January.

Massa joins a host of famous Williams faces at the show, held at the NEC Birmingham, including deputy team principal Claire Williams and chief technical officer Pat Symonds.

Massa will be joined by his 2015 FW37 car that took him to two podiums and sixth place in the championship this season. This season’s car will be joined by seven other famous cars from the Grove-based team’s history.

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.

Rob Smedley, who worked with 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.

Claire Williams 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.”

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.

The C-X75 will be on display at the team’s motorhome and will also be taking to the Live Action Arena, giving fans the opportunity to see the car in motion.

Williams Heritage, the team’s historic racing division, that restores and supports Williams racing cars for private owners will also be represented by Jonathan Williams and general manager Dickie Stanford.

Autosport International show director, Ian France 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.”