The Williams-Renault FW34 has been revealed to the world’s press just a few hours before the start of the opening pre-season testing in Jerez.
After a very poor 2011 season, in which the Grove-based team scored just five points and finished ninth in the constructors’ standings, Williams are hoping for a changes in fortunes this year.
The FW34 is the first Williams to be produced since the major change of technical line-up at the team, which saw erstwhile technical director Sam Michael head for McLaren and co-founder Patrick Head step away from the Formula One side of the operation. Mark Gillan now leads the technical side of the operation.
The FW34 also sees the reunion of the multiple championship winning Williams-Renault partnership, as the Grove-based squad switches from its previous Cosworth V8s to the engine that powered Red Bull Racing to the last two titles.
On the driver side, Bruno Senna has replaced Rubens Barrichello, while Pastor Maldonado remains for a second season. Test driver Valtteri Bottas gets an enhanced role that will include some Friday practice running.
Team principal Frank Williams said: “One could say that looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a truly fresh start. We have a new car, new driver line up, new engine and new senior personnel.
“We also have a number of new partners who have joined the team in the past few months. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome them formally and sincerely wish that they have an enjoyable and, most importantly, a valuable experience with us. The team has had a good winter at the factory and we feel ready and strong for the fight.”