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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.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.