Williams to film F1 promo in Qatar

Nico Hulkenberg (pictured) and Rubens Barrichello will drive F1 cars at Losail for the first time

Formula One drivers, Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg, will be seen in action on the Losail International Circuit.

Finally, Formula One is coming to Qatar. The AT&T Williams team confirmed yesterday that they would be the first F1 team to run in Qatar next week.

Sir Frank Williams with QMMF President Nasser Khalifa al-Attiyah

They are bringing two Williams FW31s and 2010 season drivers Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg to the 5.38km Losail International Circuit. The team will be in Qatar from December 7 to 10 for its annual collateral film shoot.

The mission is to generate high-quality video and still photographic imagery which will take Qatar around the world in advertising and promotional materials created by the team’s sponsors in the next 12 months.

The shoot is the first occasion when the AT&T Williams team’s two 2010 season race drivers are seen in action together.
Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) president Nasser Khalifa al-Attiyah expressed his delight in welcoming the AT&T Williams team to Losail.

“Bringing Formula One – the pinnacle of motor racing – to Qatar is another significant milestone and one we welcome given Williams special relationship with our country,” he stated.

The AT&T Williams Team principal Sir Frank Williams said that it was a logical decision to take the team to Losail, following Williams F1’s recent investment in the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).

“It will be a genuine privilege to be the first Formula One team to run at the Losail International Circuit,” he said.
“We hope to expand our programme into educational and road safety initiatives with local schools, universities and public bodies in Qatar,” he added.

Williams F1 had signed an agreement with QSTP in October to set up a technology centre.

The first Formula One-related technical centre outside the sport’s traditional heartland of Europe, the Williams Technology Centre (WTC) will initially be tasked with the progression of two Formula One inspired R&D projects with clear commercial goals.

They are the development of an industrial-application large Magnetically Loaded Composite flywheel and the advancement of Williams F1’s simulator know-how for competition and road car application.

The circuit will be open to the spectators only on the December 10th and the area where people can stay is in the main grandstand.

Be aware that this day is a VIP day and there will be a limited running of the F1 cars, as this is not a race event, it is a private activity.

The F1 cars are scheduled to run between 15:00 – 15:45 on the 10th December.