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Liveries to honour a landmark year for Williams 14 Jan 2008

Special livery on the Williams cars at this test. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Monday 14 January 2008. World © Hartley/Sutton Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW29b Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 14 January 2008. World © Bumstead/Sutton

As milestones go, a 30th anniversary is special and Williams have revealed how they plan to mark their three decade-long Formula One career. During winter testing, the British team will run six commemorative livery designs, with the first making its debut appearance on Monday at this week’s multi-team test in Jerez, Spain.

2008 will be a year of celebrations for Williams, with the squad commemorating several other landmarks. The Turkish Grand Prix will be their 500th Formula One entry, while the team, who have currently completed 49,634 race laps, expect to record their 50,000 lap during the Spanish event.

Team principal Frank Williams will have his own reasons to make merry. Not only will May’s Monaco Grand Prix be his 600th as a Formula One entrant, but he will also celebrate his 39th season in the sport, thereby surpassing the 38-year record of the legendary Enzo Ferrari to become the sport’s longest-enduring entrant.

Williams will run their second commemorative design at next week’s session in Valencia, a test that will also see the debut of their 2008 challenger, the FW30.