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Champions pay tribute to three decades of Williams 19 Feb 2008

Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW30. Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday 19 February 2008. World © Hartley/Sutton A message from Damon Hill on the car of Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW30 Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 19 February 2008. World © Bumstead/Sutton A message from Keke Rosberg on the car of Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW30 Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 19 February 2008. World © Bumstead/Sutton

As testing got underway at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday, Williams unveiled the latest of their special winter liveries, designed to celebrate the British team’s 30-year involvement in Formula One racing.

The new design is the fifth of six planned paint jobs and features handwritten messages from each of the squad’s seven world championship-winning drivers - Alan Jones, Keke Rosberg, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve.

For the livery, 1980 world champion Jones has written a suitably Australian “I was the first”, while the message from 1982 title holder Rosberg reads “Thanks….for four great years”. Prost, who won the drivers’ crown with Williams in 1993, also sent a message: “Many thanks to all the team - I was proud to win my last world championship with you.”

Congratulations were also sent in from, Hill (1996) and Villeneuve (1997), who said “Thanks Frank”, in deference to team principal Frank Williams, and “Thanks for three amazing years and the championship” respectively.

In addition to the contributions from the title holders, the monocoques of the two FW30s the team plan to run over this week’s three-day test feature the names of all 31 drivers, including Ayrton Senna, Mario Andretti, Carlos Reutemann and Clay Regazzoni, who have raced for the team over the past 30 years.

Williams plan to run their final commemorative livery at the concluding pre-season test, which will be held at the Circuit de Catalunya next week.

For more on the Williams world champions, visit the Formula1.com Hall of Fame.