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Williams releases renders of 2017 Formula 1 car

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Williams has become the first team to unveil the look of its new Formula 1 car ahead of the 2017 season after releasing two render images of the FW40 on Friday.

Anticipation is high for the new F1 season following an overhaul of the technical regulations that is intended to make the cars look more radical and gain multiple seconds per lap on the track.

Most of the teams will present their cars for the first time next week at set launches, but Williams has got a jump on the competition by posting two images of its car to Twitter.

The Williams FW40 retains a similar livery to its predecessor, mixing the stripes of title sponsor Martini with a chiefly white car.

Some of the key technical changes for 2017 are also highlighted in the renders, including the more aggressive front and rear wings, the wider tires and the greater width of the car itself.

Williams enters 2017 look to reverse its downward slide down the constructors’ championship last year when it finished fifth behind privateer rival Force India.

18-year-old Lance Stroll will make his debut for Williams this year, coming off the back of his European F3 title victory in 2016, while veteran racer Felipe Massa returns after being lured out of retirement following Valtteri Bottas’ move to Mercedes.

The Williams FW40 will hit the track for the first time in public on February 27 at the start of collective pre-season testing in Barcelona, Spain.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

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