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Komatsu employees experience life in the Formula One fast lane

Two Komatsu apprentices, selected by their peers, were given the opportunity to get up close with some of the fastest cars in the world, as they spent the weekend in the Williams Racing pit, learning the tricks of a different trade.

The two apprentices enjoyed the experience at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne recently as part of  As part of Komatsu’s multi-year deal as principal partner of F1 team Williams Racing.

Alexander Connell from Komatsu’s Campbellfield branch in Melbourne, and New Zealand apprentice Brittney Lyon got to see firsthand the fast-paced nature of an F1 pit and what is involved in keeping the car running for the elite event.

“It was an incredible experience. I was close to buying tickets for the GP this year, so as a fan to be given this opportunity, and see all the action in the pit is one I definitely won’t forget,” Connell said.

“The way their teams work to process and understand all the data from the cars and their laps, and use that to improve performance was fascinating, especially as we do similar things with our own Komatsu systems and machines, but on a slightly different scale.”

Komatsu apprentices Brittney Lyon and Alexander Connell got the experience of a lifetime in the pit with Williams Racing at the Australian GP. Image: Komatsu

Williams Racing driver Logan Sargeant made a pitstop at Komatsu’s Innovation Hub in Brisbane, where he met with staff and customers and was taken on a tour of the Innovation Hub, pre-delivery inspection and remanufacturing facilities.

“It’s not often Brisbane gets a visit from an F1 driver, so we were excited to have Logan and some of the Williams Racing team visit our facilities and see the vast scale of Komatsu’s massive mining and construction machines, as well as the technology and people behind them,” Todd Connolly, vice president – global brand transformation for Komatsu, said.

“Our shared focus on innovation and the development of our people was clear during the tour. Our partnership with Williams will focus on how we can create value together, both on and off the track, particularly through our manufacturing and technology innovations to empower a sustainable future where people, businesses and our planet can thrive together.”

Williams Racing is one of the world’s most iconic Formula One teams. The British outfit has been competing at the highest level for almost five decades, amassing 114 victories, 313 podiums and 128 pole positions in that time. Williams Racing has also won 15 championships, making them the second most successful team in the history of the sport.

Komatsu’s logo and branding will feature prominently on the 2024 Williams Racing livery, as well as the team’s overalls and kit during the Formula One season.

“The Australian GP sets the foundation for our partnership with Williams Racing, and we’re looking forward to further exploring collaboration opportunities, for both our people and our customers on this new venture,” Connolly said.

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