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.