Williams Martini Racing were today the first F1 team to reveal computer generated images of their 2017 challenger, the FW40, so named to align with the team’s 40th anniversary celebrations this year, via Twitter. The car will be unveiled officially on February 25.
Following the rule and regulation changes for 2017, introducing wider chassis’ and tyres, fans and media have been waiting with bated breath to get a look at the new designs.
Williams have gone for a relatively simple design, with the reshaped rear wing the most dramatic change to be seen on the FW40.
At the front of the car, they have a new front wing arrangement and have retained their thumb style nose, as well as keeping the iconic white, red and blue Martini livery of the last few seasons. There is a larger air box inlet, and by the looks of it they have opted to go with push-rod front suspension, and pull-rod rear suspension.
These first images are by no means the finished product, so expect plenty of additions by the time we get to Australia.
Having recently lost star driver Valtteri Bottas to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, the Grove based squad will run with former driver Felipe Massa, who put his retirement plans on hold to come back and drive for the British team again this year. Alongside the Brazilian, will be Canadian newcomer Lance Stroll, who comes in off the back of winning the European Formula 3 championship in 2016.
During their four decades in F1, Williams have won nine constructors’ championships and seven drivers titles, and will be hoping the FW40 can help them add a couple more to that tally!