New F1 sponsor ROKiT says it was approached by several teams for a 2019 deal, but ultimately settled on Williams after a 45-minute meeting with its deputy team principal.
A meagre seven points and last place in the Constructors' Championship made 2018 a year to quickly forget for the former multiple champions, with Williams admitting it was "soul-destroying" heading to races with little chance of scoring points.
Williams said the new look is "fresh" and "bright", and hopes the performance will get a major lift in 2019 as well.
Though her father founded his team in an era when, other than being able to buy a ready to race vehicle from the likes of March or McLaren, one was able to build one's own, install a Hewland gearbox and Cosworth and go F1 racing, such concepts are a distant memory today. Last season, Martini confirmed they were pulling out.More news: Fashion startup Zilingo raises US$226 million from Singapore’s Temasek, others
Robert Kubica, who has not competed in Formula 1 since the 2010 season, and rookie George Russell are set to drive for the team in the 2019 season after Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin drove for the team in the 2018 season.
Claire Williams, deputy team principal for Rokit Williams Racing, said: "We share many similar values and aspirations with Rokit; primarily putting engineering and innovation at the core of everything we do in our pursuit to be the best - the flawless platform from which to start a partnership".
The partnership was revealed during a special event held at Williams Racing HQ ahead of the 2019 season and signals an exciting new era for the team.
"Frank is very protective of the traditional navy blue and white, but also understanding of the arguments behind the change". Martini-branded Williams from recent years were primarily painted white with the red, light blue, and royal blue logo of Martini. A Formula 1 vehicle at the end of the day is your shop window to the world and I wanted to tell a great story and come out with a really vibrant livery. "I am still here, and if he didn't like it, he would have fired me". "We have done a lot of work, but the way back up will take time", she added.More news: No. 4 Virginia comes from behind to beat No. 8 UNC
"A Formula One auto is your shop window to the world so I wanted to make sure we came out with a really bright livery".
"Jonathan is a big fan of HP sauce, and he said to me when he was flying in, "I'm going to need a bacon roll with some HP sauce", she recounted.
"The help I have had from Mercedes and Lewis has been mainly listening and learning. That is what I want to do here".More news: Red Bull reveals RB15 with striking 'one-off' livery