Williams Racing Partners enjoy Acronis CyberFit Day at Silverstone

With the dust almost settled on what was certainly one of the most dramatic British Grand Prix weekends in recent memory, the famous Williams Racing team and its partners can reflect on another job well done.

George Russell was again one of the stars of the weekend, cheered on at last by full home grandstands. Yet again he qualified in the top ten, securing 8th place on the grid for the new Sprint Qualifying that determined the grid for race day. And he did not disappoint there either, finishing that race in 9th place.

Official Cyber Protection partner Acronis and delivery partner Vuzion were also there to enjoy the racing weekend for the Acronis #CyberFit day, where the team partners welcomed guest speakers in the form of Head of Williams Technical partnerships Al Peasland, Williams Group IT Director Graeme Hackland and CEO of W Series, Catherine Bond Muir.

Talking about the importance of data and data protection in today’s racing environment, Hackland emphasised that it’s unquestionably the most important aspect of F1 today.

“There are about 630 terabytes in Acronis Cloud that’s protecting everything from our Office 365, all of our end points, all of our servers, the data that’s at the track, the data we end up using back at base,” said Hackland. “And when people are moving around with their laptops, we know it’s protected.

“In the past, we used to tell our users ‘You are responsible for data back-up’. It can’t be their responsibility. Data is our second most important asset, and we have to take responsibility for it. That’s what Acronis have allowed us to do. Allowed us to say to our user, ‘don’t worry, we’ve got you!’

As for the on-track action, it wasn’t quite to be for Russell on race day as he again just missed out on the points. But as Peasland was quick to point out, a return to the glory days may not be too far away.

“They are playing the long game,” commented Peasland of new investor Dorilton Capital’s long-term goals. “They don’t just want to add a bit of value to the team and drop it in a year’s time. It’s why the Williams name has remained, it’s why the car nomenclature is Frank Williams ‘FW’. There is a lot of passion for the family, the brand and what Williams was, and they want that to remain, which is brilliant.”

With Acronis also official Cyber Protection partner of W Series, partners were also treated to an enthralling race with a British winner in Alice Powell and also got to listen to CEO of W Series, Catherine Bond Muir as the final guest speaker.


Acronis are proud to be the official Cyber Protection Partner of the Williams Racing F1 team and W Series. To find out more, please visit https://www.acronis.com/en-us/lp/msp-sports/


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