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F1 Networking Reception with Williams Martini Racing

We were delighted to host 100 members and guests at our annual evening F1 reception, building up to the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix, which was hosted by Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee in celebration of their 20th anniversary in Singapore, and featured special guests from Williams Martini Racing.

Williams Martini Racing is one of the world’s leading Formula 1 teams. It exists purely to race in the top echelon of motor racing, where it has been competing for more than three decades. The Williams name has been synonymous with top-level motorsport since the 1960s, winning 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles, nine for constructors and seven for drivers, and is the third most successful team on the grid.

We heard from James Colgate, Williams’ Group Strategy Director, on the growth of the sport and a preview of the action ahead for the weekend. James also discussed how the technological advancements achieved through Williams’ motorsport activities, which led to a recent Queens Award for Innovation, are driving new industries forward and building advanced partnerships with the world’s leading companies. 

In a very special moment for our attendees, Robert Kubica, Williams reserve and test driver, joined us for a brief time to answer questions and to choose the lucky prize draw winner of signed racing gloves and a a 3D printed model F1 car.




James Colgate has served as the Group Strategy Director for Williams Martini Racing since July 2013. James is responsible for the development, communication and maintenance of the business strategy, in conjunction with the senior management team, across the Williams Group of companies. In addition he is responsible for the engineering programme management of specific motorsport and industrial projects conducted by the Group.
In the past James has worked within Williams Advanced Engineering, the commercial diversified business arm of Williams, identifying and developing relationships with clients to deliver technical and operational consulting projects. James was also the project manager on a specialist motorsport project for an automotive OEM covering operational delivery of design and manufactured parts as well as commercial management.
Previous to Williams, James worked for a global management consultancy OC&C Strategy Consultants, providing advisory services across the technology, industrial and FMCG sectors.
James has a Masters in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering from University of Cambridge (UK) and operational improvement consulting experience in variety of engineering and technology sectors delivering commercial, operational, strategic planning and business improvement advisory services as a management consultant.
Robert developed a love for motorsport at an early age and started karting as soon as he got his race licensed aged 10. In just three years, Robert had amassed six karting titles, once he was old enough to enter the Polish Karting Championship. He moved onwards and upwards to more competitive series, which resulted in even more success. Robert became the first foreigner to win the International Italian Junior Karting Championship, came second in the European Junior Karting Championship and he also won the Junior Monaco Kart Cup, amongst other successes. 
In 2000, Robert’s progression continued upwards with a test driver role in Formula Renault 2000, as well as a maiden pole position in single-seaters. Renault immediately placed Robert in their driver development programme and entered him in several Renault series, which would lead to more podium finishes.
2003 saw Robert graduate to the Formula Three Euro Series with Renault, before moving to the Mercedes team, with whom he broke the lap record in Macau. 
A year later, Robert moved up to the World Series by Renault, winning the championship in his rookie year. With four wins and eleven podiums, his talent was recognised with a prize Formula One test with the Renault F1 Team later that year. 
The following year in 2006, Robert began his Formula One career with BMW Sauber, becoming the first Polish driver to start an F1 race. Robert recorded a podium finish within just three race starts, making him the second driver to ever do so. In the following years, Robert went on to achieve race wins, podium finishes and a pole position, before he moved to Renault in 2010. 
Considered one of the sport’s most promising young talents and tipped to be a future world champion, Robert topped the pre-season test times in February 2010 before his career was put on hold. Robert suffered severe injuries in a rally accident which ruled him out of racing for several years, before a rehabilitation program put him back on the path to Formula One. 
In 2017, Robert undertook several Formula One tests with Renault and Williams, and has been announced as the team’s Reserve & Development Driver for the 2018 season.   


Speakers (s):
James Colgate - Group Strategy Director, Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd
Robert Kubica - Reserve & Test Driver, Williams Martini Racing
Thu, September 13, 2018
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, OUE Bayfront
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Non-Member$ 115.00
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Speaker (s):
James Colgate - Group Strategy Director, Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd
Robert Kubica - Reserve & Test Driver, Williams Martini Racing
Thu, September 13, 2018
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee, OUE Bayfront


102 people are attending this event. Click to view list