Williams have revealed their 2018 car, describing the FW41 as ‘significantly different’ to its predecessor.
The car is the first which can be credited to Paddy Lowe, Williams’ chief technical officer, and head of aerodynamics Dirk de Beer after they both moved to Grove at the start of 2017.
The FW41 will be driven by Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin after the team appointed the Russian to replace Felipe Massa following the Brazilian’s retirement.
Robert Kubica will be Williams’ reserve and development driver with the Pole scheduled to appear in three practice sessions throughout the season as well as pre-season testing.
Williams: Four fast facts
- Williams remain second to only Ferrari for Constructors’ Championship wins with nine
- Their victory in the 2012 Spanish GP remains the team’s only win in F1 since 2004
- At 19 years old, Lance Stroll is again the youngest driver on the grid
- They’re the only team other than F1’s ‘Big Three’ to claim a podium in every season of the current engine era
Stroll and Sirotkin will comprise the new season’s youngest driver line-up and their pairing has already provoked plenty of debate – not least because rookie Sirotkin reputedly brings as much as $15m in sponsorship money to the team.
As recently as 2015, Williams finished third in the Constructors’ Championship with a driver line-up of Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
But despite the inexperienced nature of their driver line-up, the team remain optimistic they will be competitive in 2018, despite expectations that both Renault and McLaren could leapfrog Williams to challenge the top order over the next 10 months.
More to follow…
2018 car unveilings and launch dates Team Date Car/Location Haas February 14 VF-18 Williams February 15 FW41 Red Bull February 19 Online Renault February 20 Online Sauber February 20 Online Mercedes February 22 Silverstone Ferrari February 22 Online McLaren February 23 TBC Toro Rosso February 26 Barcelona Force India To be confirmed
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