Wiliams Martini Racing becomes the first Formula 1 team to release pictures of their 2017 race car, showing how the new regulations have dramatically impacted the look of these racing machines for the upcoming season.
The computer-generated images of the team’s Mercedes-powered FW40 – named to mark the occasion of Williams’ 40th anniversary in the sport – demonstrates the wider and lower characteristics of the new cars.
The 2017 regulation changes have been designed to boost downforce and grip, making the cars both faster and physically harder to drive, with a reduction in lap time of around 3 to 5 seconds expected.
At the front of the FW40, the thumb-tip nose design that first became a feature of some cars from three seasons ago remains, with Williams’s solution very similar to the set-up it used in 2015-16.
The wide, slick Pirelli tyres and angled wings do make the cars look dramatic although the Martini livery is getting a little stale.
At the wheel of the FW40 will be Felipe Massa, who rejoined Williams following his brief retirement after Valtteri Bottas left for Mercedes – to replace the out-going world champion Nico Rosberg – and Canadian rookie, Formula 3 champion Lance Stroll.