Williams removes Ayrton Senna logo from 2022 car
Williams has removed the Ayrton Senna logo from its 2022 car, citing a desire to move on and take a break from the past.
The team has worn a tribute to Senna on the nose of its cars since the three-time world champion was killed in an accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix while driving a Williams car.
This has traditionally been in the form of the Senna “S” logo, although in 2014 the team wore a “Senna Semper” badge instead to mark the 20th anniversary of his death.
Williams launched his car for the coming season with the title “a fresh start”.
The team has opened a new space on Senna’s legacy in its museum, however, team boss Jost Capito has said it’s time for a fresh start.
“The decision was that we wanted to move on in the future,” Capito said.
“We have a new era, we have a new car. We have also renovated our museum where we have a special space to celebrate Ayrton. Think that now we have to look to the future and not show drivers the ‘S’ while the time they get in the car and are reminded of what happened.
“I think it’s time for the team to move on and be very honorable to Senna and have a very dedicated space in the museum and honor him there.”
The Williams team has undergone drastic changes over the past two years.
The Williams family relinquished control of the team in September 2020 following its sale to Dorilton Capital. The team’s founder, Frank Williams, died in November last year.
Williams’ launch was only for its livery, although the team will run its 2022 car in a shakedown at Silverstone on Tuesday afternoon.