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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.

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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.