Williams Martini Racing introduced their new 2018 F1 car for in London which is significantly different from its predecessor with which the team finished in fifth place in the constructors’ championship last year.
The new FW41 looks much different from its predecessor thanks to the new technical leadership of new Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe and new aerodynamic boss Dirk de Beer who both came to Grove early last season.
Williams has the youngest driver line-up in F1 2018 with Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin who beat Robert Kubica in direct clash for last seat in F1 2018 at Abu Dhabi at the end of last year.
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, expressed excitement about the new season, the new car and the new drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Kubica.
“I am thrilled to be back and launching our new car, for a new season, with a new, exciting driver line-up. For many months, the team have put a tremendous amount of effort into the FW41 and I’m eager to see both Lance and Sergey take to the track later this month.”
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“It’s also my pleasure to welcome Sergey and Robert to Williams, who have both displayed exceptional speed and 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.”
Technical head Paddy Lowe, who came to Williams from the world championships of the Mercedes, also stressed the great effort the team invested in the new FW41 and represents the technical turning point for the Grove team.
“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 aerodynamics design, vehicle dynamics, race engineering and systems engineering,” said Lowe.
“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 allowed us some significant progress in aerodynamic performance. All Formula One cars are an evolution of what has gone before to some extent, but the FW41 does involve a number of departures from the directions that have been pursued in the past.”
“Overall, the philosophy we are starting to see emerge is a new approach to the collaboration between aerodynamics and design to achieve the optimum working result.”
The new FW41 will take to the track for the first day of the Barcelona test on Monday 26 February.