Formula 1 2018: Williams Launch FW41 (Kinda)

2018 Williams FW41 Launch

Williams became the second Formula 1 team to reveal their 2018 competitor … sorta. And, I say “sorta”, because Williams didn’t actually show a car during its official reveal. Instead, it showed a rendering. Check it out for yourself, below.

 


 

As for the rendering car, itself, the Williams FW41 certainly looks the part- especially compared to more recent Williams efforts. Credit for that goes to Williams’ head smart guy, Paddy Lowe, who led Williams’ technical staff to many victories before going to Mercedes’ F1 team a few years ago. Mercedes, it should be noted, has done pretty well in recent years- so it might be safe to expect good things for Williams in 2018.

“It is very exciting to be giving everyone the first look at the FW41,” 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.”

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.

“All Formula 1 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,” he continued. “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.”

Williams’ drivers, Canadian billionaire/F1 sophomore Lance Stroll and Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin, will probably have a hard time getting the thing pointed right, given their inexperience and the relative fastness of Lowe’s previous creations. Time will tell, I guess. Until then, feel free to complain about Williams’ pay driver scheme in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

Source | Images: Formula 1, Williams.

 

Jo Borrás

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