Williams team win the Canadian Grand Prix… raft race

The Williams team finally had reason to smile after they emerged triumphant in this year’s edition of the 2018 Formula 1 Raft Race in Montreal as their crew overcame stern challenges from their rival teams to post a well-deserved victory.

Last year Liberty Media revived the (in)famous raft race for mechanics and team staff after qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, reviving a tradition that went out of fashion in the nineties after years of being a permanent fixture on the race weekend schedule.

All teams except for Ferrari – by choice of their own mechanics – took part in the fun and frolics at Montreal’s Olympic Rowing Lake on the St. Lawrence River that surrounds the Ile Notre Dame, venue for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.


It was a sweet win for beleaguered Williams team and their crew who are enduring a tough season on track, struggling on the wrong side of the grid, with a race car that has not done them and their drivers any favours. However it is clear they can build a handy raft!

McLaren, who were also enduring a tough time on track last year, were victorious in the 2017 edition of the race.

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting was drafted into ‘officiating and supervising’ the shenanigans on the water, while team chiefs including Christian Horner, Eric Boullier and a cardboard Guenther Steiner were on hand to motivate their respective teams.