Michael Johnson to help Williams F1 team

Williams turn to sprint king Johnson to speed them up in the pits

Williams have joined forces with Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson in a bid to improve their performance on and off track.

Michael Johnson Performance Inc, a company founded by the athletics star, will focus on providing an intensive training programme for the team's pit crew, as well as conducting an evaluation of the team's training regime.

The MJP Center was founded in 2007 to train youth and professional athletes in all categories of sports, using techniques employed by Johnson that helped him win his four Olympic and nine world championship gold medals during his illustrious career.

Speed machine: Four time Olympic champion Michael Johnson will help the Williams F1 team

Speed machine: Four time Olympic champion Michael Johnson will help the Williams F1 team

Williams are to now utilise such expertise and training principles in areas of the team as they focus on improving all aspects of their performance for the coming seasons.

The partnership will see the MJP logo displayed on the sleeves of driver and team overalls, personnel uniform and across the team.

Team principal Frank Williams said: 'I had the privilege of first meeting Michael at the Belgian Grand Prix in the late 1990s.

'I have always admired the dedication required to be an Olympic champion.

'The attention to detail and the commitment required is what sets these extraordinary individuals apart from the rest of us.

Helping hand: The Williams pit team will be helped by Johnson's company

Helping hand: The Williams pit team will be helped by Johnson's company

'When Michael and I met again recently he explained how he had established a company that specialised in improving athletic performance.

'I was extremely keen to learn how he could help our team as there seemed to be a lot of areas of common interest.

'Michael's sporting achievements speak for themselves, and the principles he used to become the fastest man in the world are certainly transferable into our own hugely competitive field.

'Formula One is about all aspects of the race. We all know how crucial the brief time the car spends in the pits can be.

'So it will be exciting to see how Michael and his team can help give us the edge in this respect.'

Johnson, who concedes to being 'a huge Formula One fan' since watching that first race in Belgium, has no doubts he can play a part.

He said: 'I am confident the experience and biomechanics expertise of the MJP staff that has benefited numerous American football athletes, Premier League football teams, and Olympic federations, can also benefit Williams' pit crew in their goal to cut hundredths and even tenths of a second from their pit stop times.'