Williams Martini Racing release their car for 2018 the FW41
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News February 15, 2018 Updated: 1:38 PM PT
As the 2018 Formula One season approaches, teams continue to roll out cars. Williams Martini Racing has revealed their challenger for this season, the FW41.
The FW41 is the second car to debut after Haas F1 released their car, the VF-18, yesterday. This year cars will see influence from former Mercedes Chief Technical Officer, Paddy Lowe and Head of Aerodynamics, Dirk de Beer, who were both brought on to the team last year.
Chief Technical Officer, Paddy Lowe said: “It is very exciting to be giving everyone the first look at the FW41. It is the product of some great teamwork across the various functions in the organization including aerodynamics design, vehicle dynamics, race engineering and systems engineering. The car has many new features, most of which are not all that obvious, but externally the team has pursued a very different aerodynamic concept which has allowed us some significant progress in aerodynamic performance.
All Formula One cars are an evolution of what has gone before to some extent, but the FW41 does involve a number of departures from the directions that have been pursued in the past. Overall, the philosophy we are starting to see emerge is a new approach to the collaboration between aerodynamics and design to achieve the optimum working result.”
The new car’s livery hasn’t changed, which may be due to Williams continued partnership with their title sponsor Martini. The team also made use of the white color scheme to help blend the addition of the “Halo” to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the car.
Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams, said: “I am thrilled to be back and launching our new car, for a new season, with a new, exciting driver line-up. For many months, the team have put a tremendous amount of effort into the FW41 and I’m eager to see both Lance and Sergey take to the track later this month.
“Lance produced some impressive performances last year in what was a remarkably strong debut season, where he only just lost out to Felipe in the standings. His podium finish was the only one outside of the top three teams, and we aim to build on that this season.
“It’s also my pleasure to welcome Sergey and Robert to Williams, who have both displayed exceptional speed and qualities that I know will only strengthen the team. Sergey has impressed the technical team and it is great for us to be able to give him the opportunity to step up into a race seat. Robert, will also be working closely with the team, utilising his experience to help develop the car throughout the season.”
Williams finished fifth in the constructors championship last year along with an impressive podium by rookie Lance Stroll in Baku. Williams will also see a new driver lineup with Sergey Sirotkin, who makes his F1 debut alongside Lance Stroll.
Many long time F1 fans will also be pleased to see the return of Robert Kubica who has been brought on as the team’s new reserve driver.
With more car’s to debut in the coming weeks, many will be eager to see how teams handle the challenges that the 2018 season will bring.