Williams F1 unveils new title sponsor and all–new 2019 livery
Williams has announced a new title sponsor and a fresh new livery for their 2019 F1 car.
For the past five years the team has been known as Martini Williams Racing, and has carried the brand's famous white, blue and red colour scheme on all of its cars since 2014.
But that deal expired at the end of last year and today Sir Frank's outfit announced mobile phone company ROKiT as the new title sponsor. The team will now be known as ROKiT Williams Racing.
ROKiT is described as a "global telecommunications company" which offers " premium smartphone technology, performance and design at an affordable price and installing innovative Wi-Fi networks to make the world a better place."
To coincide with the new sponsor, Williams has also revealed a new livery for the FW42 car:
The new design is while, light blue and black, with the ROKiT logo shown prominently on the engine cover.
Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams said: “We are delighted to welcome ROKiT to our team as our title partner for the 2019 season and beyond. We share many similar values and aspirations with ROKiT; primarily putting engineering and innovation at the core of everything we do in our pursuit to be the best – the perfect platform from which to start a partnership.
"ROKiT is on an exciting journey in their world of telecommunications, as we are at Williams as we build the team for a successful future. Taking that path together will make us both stronger in our endeavours and so I can’t wait to get started.”
It is also a fresh start for the team in terms of drivers, as last year's pilots Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin have both left, with Stroll joining Racing Point after his father's takeover of the team that was formerly Force India.
This year Williams will have reigning Formula 2 champion and Mercedes youth driver George Russell at the wheel. The 20-year-old Brit will be partnered by returning Polish driver Robert Kubica, who will be back in F1 for the first time since a rally accident in 2011 left him seriously injured.