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.
MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.
That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.
“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.
“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”
With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.
After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.
“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”
Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.
Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.
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