Williams team up with Michael Johnson to boost pit performance 11 Jan 2012
Williams have announced a new partnership with Michael Johnson Performance Inc (MJP), a company founded by Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, Michael Johnson. MJP trains top-level athletes in all sports and as part of the sponsorship agreement will devise a training programme for the British teams pit crew.
I had the privilege of first meeting Michael at the Belgian Grand Prix in the late 1990s, explained Williams team principal Frank Williams. I have always admired the dedication required to be an Olympic champion. The attention to detail and the commitment required is what sets these extraordinary individuals apart from the rest of us.
When Michael and I met again recently he explained how he had established a company that specialized in improving athletic performance. I was extremely keen to learn how he could help our team as there seemed to be a lot of areas of common interest. Michaels sporting achievements speak for themselves, and the principles he used to become the fastest man in the world are certainly transferable into our own hugely competitive field.
Formula One is about all aspects of the race. We all know how crucial the brief time the car spends in the pits can be, and so it will be exciting to see how Michael and his team can help give us the edge in this respect. Were all really looking forward to working with them over the coming years.
The MJP Center was opened by Johnson in 2007 to train youth and professional athletes in all sports categories. The centres focus is on building athletes speed, agility, strength and stamina in order to develop an improved performance by following the same philosophy and methods Johnson used to win his four Olympic and nine world championship gold medals on the track.
Everyone at Michael Johnson Performance is excited about our partnership with the Williams F1 Team, said Johnson. Williams is known around the world as one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula One and has achieved great success over the years and we look forward to helping them continue that winning tradition.
I have been a huge Formula One fan since I first attended the Grand Prix at Spa in the 1990s where I had the great privilege of meeting Sir Frank Williams. I am confident that the experience and biomechanics expertise of the MJP staff that has benefited numerous American football athletes, Premier League football teams, and Olympic federations, can also benefit the Williams F1 Team pit crew in their goal to cut hundredths and even tenths of a second from their pit-stop times.
During his illustrious athletics career Johnson broke world records in the 200 metres, 400 metres and 4x400 metres relay and became known as the fastest man in the world when he completed the historic 200 and 400 metre Olympic double in 1996.
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