Following the release of computer generated images last week, Williams Martini Racing has finally uncovered their physical 2017 contender, the FW40.
Named in commemoration of their 40th anniversary, the FW40 features an aggressive shark fin similar to that sported by Sauber F1 Team, Sahara Force India F1 Team, Renault Sport Formula One Team and McLaren Honda Formula One Team. This is in contrast to the style incorporated on this season’s Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team’s runner, although we have been told to expect their car to have changed by the time it lines up on the grid in Melbourne.
Owing to the changes in regulations, the cars are structurally different to their 2016 counterparts. Wider wings, fatter tyres and chubbier bodies will all contribute to an increase in downforce and grip, a decrease in braking distance and faster cornering. Drivers will also be pushed further, both physically and mentally, and have devoted their winter breaks to intense workouts, priming themselves for the season ahead.
Lance Stroll will partner returning “retiree” Felipe Massa, with the Brazilian set to be first out onto the testing track come Monday morning.
Williams will be hoping that the FW40 races them to an improvement on their disappointing fifth place last season.