Williams FW40 Launched!

Williams released their FW40 on Saturday online. They had presented computer renderings on the 17th, and the final product ended up pretty similar to those. The car appears to be an evolution of the 2014-16 cars updated to this year’s regulations:

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The FW40 looks like last year’s FW38 with a shark fin and JCB sponsorship

Williams skipped over the “FW39” moniker and went straight to 40 to celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary as a constructor.

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The FW40 keeps the thumb nose and small sidepods from its predecessor

Compare the livery with the previous three Williams cars:

Felipe Massa driving the 2016 car at Malaysia during Free Practice
Felipe Massa driving the 2016 car at Malaysia during Free Practice
Massa driving the 2015 car at Malaysia
Massa driving the 2015 car at Malaysia during Free Practice
Bottas leading Massa at Silverstone in 2014
Bottas leading Massa at Silverstone in 2014

The team from Grove have an established identity with partner Martini and their iconic striping. I personally wish they would work together to change the shaping of the stripes for the sake of variety. Check out the 1973 Brabham with Martini Striping:

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Note how the striping originates at the nose of the car and goes upward towards the driver in a U shape

Williams have had a difficult offseason and now have launched a car which appears to be the FW38 updated to the 2017 season. The team has gone for a low-downforce, low-drag configuration since the hybrid era began in 2014. Will they take such a risk in an increased downforce era? We will know more soon with the Barcelona tests beginning tomorrow.

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