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Williams unveils 2018 Formula 1 car

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Williams Martini Racing became the second team to reveal their car for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season on Thursday.

The car, dubbed the FW41, was officially revealed during a team launch in London, which featured deputy team principal Claire Williams and chief technical officer Paddy Lowe, along with drivers Lance Stroll, Sergey Sirotkin, and Robert Kubica – Kubica being the team’s reverse driver.

“I am thrilled to be back and launching our new car, for a new season, with a new, exciting driver line-up,” said Claire Williams during the launch. “For many months, the team have put a tremendous amount of effort into the FW41 and I’m eager to see both Lance and Sergey take to the track later this month.”

Technical officer Paddy Lowe discussed the car’s development and revealed that it has very different aerodynamics from last year’s FW40.

“The car has many new features, most of which are not all that obvious, but externally the team has pursued a very different aerodynamic concept which has allowed us some significant progress in aerodynamic performance,” Lowe detailed. “All Formula One cars are an evolution of what has gone before to some extent, but the FW41 does involve a number of departures from the directions that have been pursued in the past. Overall, the philosophy we are starting to see emerge is a new approach to the collaboration between aerodynamics and design to achieve the optimum working result.”

The Williams team will look to improve upon their 2017 season, in which they finished fifth in the constructor’s championship and achieved a best race result of third, with Lance Stroll, at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.