Williams Martini Racing have become the first team to reveal pictures of its 2015 machine after it released images of the FW37, the successor to the successful FW36 that took the team to third place in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship.
The team are hoping that the upward swing seen in 2014 can continue into this season, with both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa looking to pick up more podium finishes.
“The notion for the FW37 was to look closely at the FW36 and its performances,” said Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds. “We then went about recognising what had worked well and identifying and resolving the areas that we felt needed to be improved.
“Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations. The change in regulations offered us a slight headache. The new front bulkhead and nose geometry had much more of an impact than we had initially anticipated and the effect on the aero was profound. The team have worked hard on pulling back the deficit these regulations have made for us.
“The first conceptual stage of the FW37 came before the FW36 had turned a wheel. The main element to this is understanding the rule changes and how they will affect the design of the car, from here we can start see if our ideas will fit within the regulations.”
The team claimed third in the Constructors’ championship in 2014, beating the Scuderia Ferrari team after a season long battle, but Symonds insists that the extended development programme from last season did not affect the development of the FW37.
“The desire to beat Ferrari to third place in the Constructors’ in 2014 meant we pushed our development through to late autumn, but the size of the team is now at a point where it was able to sustain this development whilst still working on the FW37,” said Symonds.
“The more rule stability there is, the closer the field gets. I hope as a team we are more capable of maintaining the forward momentum to catch Mercedes, than the teams behind us are of catching us. It’s not just about stable regulations but also about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving.”
Team Principal Sir Frank Williams applauded the team for its efforts in 2014 and hopes they can replicate and improve during the 2015 season.
“The team had a fantastic season last year,” said Williams. “We are aiming to replicate this development over the winter and to start the 2015 season in a strong position.
“We have an enormously talented group of people here at Williams who want nothing more than the team to do well. This passion produced a great turn around in fortunes for the team in 2014 and everybody has worked tirelessly to continue that climb up the grid.
“We have added a few more high profile names to accompany the incredibly supportive group of partners we have. After a very strong first year with Mercedes we are looking to further develop the relationship as we look for more podiums in 2015.
“I feel this year will be equally as exciting as the last and look forward to seeing the car on the grid at the first race.”