The Williams F1 team is the latest subject of the documentary world’s recent obsession with Formula 1, with a feature film set to be released in August.

The Williams documentary will tell the remarkable story of one of F1’s oldest and most successful teams – which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Based on Lady Virginia Williams’ 1991 book called A Different Kind Of Life, the documentary charts the team’s history from its humble beginnings in 1977 to its present-day state, as well as its highs and lows.

The film is directed by BAFTA-winning Morgan Matthews and includes interviews with F1 legends such as Sir Patrick Head, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones and Nelson Piquet.

The film also promises “candid never-before-seen accounts of what really went on behind closed doors [and] legendary racing footage”.

“I hope the fans enjoy the film as much as I’ve enjoyed being part of motor racing. I’m glad that both the people behind the team and my family come out as the true heroes of the story,” team founder Sir Frank Williams said of the documentary.

“This film is a tale of two great loves in my father’s life. Everyone knows of Frank’s pure passion for motor racing, but not everyone knows the remarkable story of my parents’ marriage and how those two things co-existed during the highs and lows of the team’s journey,” deputy team principal Claire Williams added.

“I am pleased that it shines a light on exactly how instrumental my mother was in the team’s success while also capturing the setbacks and her bravery in holding the family, and ultimately the business together, as the team went on to make history.”

Williams will premiere on 11 July at Curzon Mayfair in London and will have a limited cinema release from 4 August.

The film will then be released on DVD and Blu-Ray from the 14 August.

Williams film poster

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