Williams Racing ready for new Miami Grand Prix test

The Williams Racing F1 team, partnered by Acronis, heads to an entirely new venue on the Formula One calendar this weekend as the Miami International Autodrome hosts the fifth round of the 2022 World Championship.

Miami’s inaugural grand prix is the USA’s eleventh different F1 venue and represents a new challenge for every team on the grid, the 5.412km circuit set in the immense Hard Rock Stadium complex.

“A new circuit always a presents an exciting challenge to the drivers and engineers,” commented Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance. “Although the drivers will learn the circuit very quickly, the behaviour of the tyres, the initial ageing of the asphalt and the local conditions will ensure that there is a lot for the engineers to optimise throughout the weekend.

“There will be compromises to be made between the various sections of the track and so the team will have quite a task to find the best overall lap time.”

New Williams recruit Alexander Albon approaches the race weekend high on confidence, having bagged his first point of the season at Melbourne before just missing out by the narrowest of margins at Imola.

“It’s very exciting to be heading to Miami; it’s a brand-new track and a home race for Dorilton,” commented Albon. “I’ve driven the track in the simulator and my initial feeling is that it’s going to be very technical with a lot of different style corners. The venue itself looks incredible, and I’m sure fans are in for a great weekend.”

Similarly, Nicholas Latifi is also relishing the challenge of driving a brand new circuit at a venue not far from his Canadian homeland.

“I’m looking forward to getting out to Miami and experiencing a brand-new event It’s a really exciting weekend for Formula One and to see the sport go from strength to strength in the US is great,” added Latifi. “I’ve only experienced the track on the simulator, but it seems like a good combination of slow-speed technical sections and more fast and flowing elements, so it’ll be an interesting challenge.”


Prominent once again on the nose of the car and on the front wing endplates are the team’s official cyber protection partner Acronis. Williams Racing uses Acronis technology to add extra layers of protection to its IT infrastructure, protecting hundreds of servers and endpoint devices.

During the 2021 season, Acronis opened up an exciting #TeamUp Program, giving new and existing service providers the opportunity to support sports partnerships, join the sports ecosystem, attend races and enjoy amazing sports marketing benefits. To find out more, please visit https://www.acronis.com/en-us/lp/msp-sports/

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