Formula 1: Williams Racing – FIRST LOOK At Williams FW41
Yesterday evening, WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING revealed a first look for their 2018 Formula 1 challenger – the Williams FW41 at the team’s season launch which was held in London.
As you’ll be able to see in more images below, the Williams FW41 looks similar to last year’s car – more black has been featured to give the car more ‘shape’ along with the addition of the halo which still doesn’t look great.
Speaking ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 season, Claire Williams (Deputy Team Principal at Williams) said the following – “I am thrilled to be back and launching our new car, for a new season, with a new, and exciting line-up. For many months, the team have put in a tremendous amount of effort in 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 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.”
“Our entire team have put a huge amount of effort into the development of the production of this year’s car and we’re all looking forward to seeing it on the track. I would also like to thank our partners and fans for all their confidence and support.”
Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe also added – “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 organisation – including aerodynamic design, vehicle dynamics, race engineering and system 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 allows some significant process in the aerodynamic performance.”
Lance Stroll – “Ahead of every new season, there is a lot of anticipation and unanswered questions and this makes it even more exciting – with a season under my belt with the team, I can’t wait to get back on track and see what the new car is like. Until we are on track we will now know what the competition is doing but I am very excited and very optimistic about the car the team has built.”
Sergey Sirotkin – “I feel really excited ahead of the season, I’ve spent a lot of time at the factory – I’m almost living there at the moment which has been a great motivation for me and for all the people around the factory. It’s been a big enjoyment to start working properly with all the mechanics and engineers, it’s going well and I’ve been training hard. I’m getting ready for the season in the best possible way.”
Robert Kubica – “I’m back in Formula One in a different role to when. was racing in 2011 but I’m back permanently in the F1 paddock, so I’m looking forward to it. It will be interesting to go back to some of the place I have been before, some of them providing different emotions from different moments in my life. Sometimes, it can be quite difficult watching others racing but I have a different role this year – it’s sure to be a tough season with a lot of races and things to do and I have to be on top of the work that I have to do for the team so…. let’s get started!”
The Williams FW41 will now take to the track for the first day of Barcelona pre-season testing which will take place on Monday 26th February for 8 days up until the 9th March.
The season will officially begin at the first race in Melbourne, Australia on the 25th March.