Williams have become the second team to reveal their 2018 F1 challenger, with the new FW41 being shown off at a London press event on Thursday evening.
The car, which will be raced by Lance Stroll and new team mate Sergey Sirotkin, is the first Williams to be designed fully under the watch of technical chief Paddy Lowe since his return to the British team last year.
With Williams adopting a new aero philosophy for the FW41, the Mercedes-powered machine looks significantly different to its predecessor, thanks not only to its obligatory halo cockpit protection device, but also the distinct fin running along the centre of its engine cover.
Williams, who have also employed the services of Grand Prix winner Robert Kubica as reserve driver this season, hope the car will lift them up the order after a disappointing 2017 campaign in which they finished a distant fifth behind Force India in the constructors’ standings.
Lowe also revealed that a number of radical changes had been made to the car’s packaging compared to its predecessor in order to incorporate further developments from power unit suppliers Mercedes.
The car will make its official track debut when pre-season testing begins in Spain on February 26 – and both Stroll and F1 rookie Sirotkin are eager to get going.
Russian newcomer Sirotkin, previously an F1 test driver for Renault, added: “I’ve been in the simulator regularly, going through different set-ups with the car, different tracks, seat fittings and also a lot of engineering meetings and factory tours to meet everyone.
Source : motor1.com