After showing digital images of its FW37 last week, the Williams Martini Racing team have revealed the actual car at Jerez ahead of its pre-season testing debut this weekend.
Williams were one of last year’s feel good stories as they went through something of a renaissance and took third place in the Constructors’ championship, beating Scuderia Ferrari despite having a fraction of the Italian teams’ budget, and drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa took multiple podium finishes.
Team Principal and Founder Sir Frank Williams is hopeful that the positive momentum the team had in 2014 continues this season as they aim to return to the front of the grid. He feels he has strengthened his staff in a way to enable them to progress further this year, and insists the drivers still have the desire to seek success.
“After such a strong season in 2014 we are looking to continue the move back towards the front of the grid,” said Sir Frank. “The move from ninth to third was a tough challenge, but ultimately every step up from now on will be even harder. I am confident that we have the appropriate personnel and talent in this team to make those steps.
‘We have an experienced driver line-up, with both drivers finishing on the podium throughout last year and hungry for more success in 2015, new commercial partners to add to the continued support from our already impressive roster, and have a technical team that is amongst the best on the grid.”
“I am looking forward to seeing the car in testing and assessing how other teams have fared over the winter in comparison to us. We should, once again, have a very exciting season ahead of us which will hopefully bring more success to Williams.”
Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams spoke about the challenges facing the team in 2015 and believes they can continue their progression and have another good season to follow on from last year.
“The team learnt and developed a lot in 2014 and this has made us a better team and well prepared for the challenges that face us as we head into a new season,” said Williams. “We are all eager to see where we are in comparison to our rivals. We have worked hard over the past six months to get this car ready, but it is in no way the final product, we have a lot of work to do throughout the season as we push for constant improvements in performance.
“I am incredibly confident in the team around me and the line-up we have that 2015 can make it another successful and exciting year for Williams Martini Racing, and now can’t wait to get back on track.”