Williams have partnered with Sergio Quinonez – otherwise known as SURGE – to create a vibrant Miami-themed graffiti livery showcased on their FW41 car.
After Mercedes announced a collaboration with Lou Frangella’s FTX brand to create NFT art on their car this weekend, the Grove-based side asked SURGE to get to work on their 2018 challenger, and he put together a psychedelic livery symbolic of Miami.
Featuring a yellow front wing, a predominantly light blue chassis, as well as green, red and orange tints, the new livery sees the iconic Williams W logo flipped upside down as an homage to Miami, and the number 305 – Miami’s area code – has also been painted on.
Williams confirmed that the Hard Rock Stadium, in the vicinity of which the race will be held this weekend, is the inspiration for the design, as well as the American Flamingo.
“We’ve been collaborating with local contemporary artist SURGE all week during our time in Miami and tonight we revealed our biggest piece yet – a graffiti livery FW41!” they said.
“Drawing upon his passion for cartoon illustrations and vibrant colours, this truly is a Formula One car like you’ve never seen before.
“The venue for Sunday’s Grand Prix, Hard Rock Stadium, features on the design, as does an iconic Floridian orange plus one of its most notable residents, the American Flamingo.”
SURGE himself was understandably keen to show off his masterpiece.
“Finally OX12 meets the 305,” he said on Instagram.
“The Williams and Surge Livery collaboration has been unleashed on [the Miami Grand Prix].”
Among the various different bits of artwork being exhibited this weekend, Lando Norris will wear a helmet inspired by a basketball inspired by the Miami Heat team, while Pierre Gasly is set to don a helmet with NFT artwork on it, which “can be exchanged for real life collectibles.”
This weekend’s race will be the first time Florida has hosted a world championship grand prix since 1959, and the 72nd championship race held in the United States.