Press release: BT technology delivering improved performance for Williams Martini Racing

DC15-290 (3 July 2015)

Williams gains from improved data performance ahead of this weekend’s British GP

Williams Martini RacingThe first results of BT’s partnership with WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING are showing how BT technology is helping improve car performance with the team through real time pitstop practice data analysis, accelerated race video analysis, improved applications performance and real time telemetry. A new video case study can be streamed from

The Williams Martini Racing team now relies on BT to connect the race team from trackside around the world to the race operations centre in Grove, Oxfordshire (UK). With each race producing between 60 and 80 GB of raw data that needs to be sent securely and analysed in real time, high-speed secure connections are of paramount importance. BT’s global network is delivering a 100Mbps connection speed from every test and race venue. Engineers at the track side and at the Grove race operations room can now make the most of the car’s performance by sharing and analysing very large quantities of data in real time, enabling them to collaborate and make changes to improve car performance during practise, in qualifying and in the race itself.

The new network infrastructure has been further optimised through the deployment of acceleration capabilities, removing latency issues when race teams communicate with the control centre back home.

BT delivering improved performance for Williams Martini Racing

BT unveiled its strategic partnership with Williams Martini Racing in March. Since then, the BT logo has been on the headrests of the Williams Mercedes FW37 car.

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Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal and Commercial Director at Williams Martini Racing, said: “The connectivity that BT is providing us has enabled our engineers to work in a much closer and much faster way. To have partnerships that bring in technologies that help us find those tenths of a second, those hundreds of a second, and those thousands of a second that will help to narrow the gap and drive our performance forwards. BT have already played a really important part in our transformation.”

Graeme Hackland, CIO Williams Martini Racing, said: “Instant communication has allowed us to take a step forward. BT has provided us with a secure link from every race track in the world back to the factory in Grove. The advice and guidance from BT across the whole landscape of IT challenges, with social, mobile, analytics, cloud, where to put your data and how to make sure it is secure, is absolutely invaluable. Being able to take advantage and benefit from BT’s technology and innovation is tremendously important to Williams.”

Gavin Patterson, CEO BT Group, said: “This partnership is about creating possibilities. It is ultimately about the people and enabling Williams to be the best they can be. Since it was announced in March our best specialists have been installing very fast, resilient and highly secure network services for Williams all over the world to very tight timescales. We share their drive for performance and our technology is being showcased under the most demanding conditions."

Williams is one of the most successful and well known Formula One teams in the world. It is recognised as one of the most enduring and successful organisations in sport and has been synonymous with top-level motorsport since the 1960s.

Williams has won 16 FIA Formula One World Championships (nine Constructors’ Championships, in partnership with Cosworth, Honda and Renault, and seven Drivers’ Championships, with Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve). The team has scored 114 victories, 306 podiums and 128 pole positions.

The Williams team has grown exponentially since 1977. What started out as a group of 17 people has mushroomed into a company that now employs more than 600 people at its technology campus in Grove, Oxfordshire.

About Williams

Williams is a leading Formula One team and advanced engineering company. Formed in 1977 by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation. The company's core competencies are the design and manufacture of Formula One race cars, and the deployment of this expertise in running the team's entries into the Grands Prix each season.

Williams Advanced Engineering is the division of Williams that harnesses Formula One derived technology, development pace and knowledge to deliver highly innovative products and services to the motorsport, automotive, energy, civil aerospace and defence sectors.

Working in close collaboration, Williams Advanced Engineering helps its customers meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve their performance, market position and brand image.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2015, BT Group’s reported revenue was £17,979m with reported profit before taxation of £2,645m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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Alan Ball, Head of Global PR and Suzanne Masterton, Head of UK PR