Williams’ Formula One team has revealed Mercedes-powered FW40 online today ahead of official pre-season testing in Barcelona.
The number ’40’ in the chassis name mark the 40th anniversary of the team in the sport.
Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, who rejoined Williams following his meteoric retirement after Valtteri Bottas left for Mercedes to replace world champion Nico Rosberg and Canadian 18-year-old Lance Stroll, who is set to be the only rookie on the season opening in Melbourne on 26 March will be behind the wheels of FW40.
just around the corner, it’s shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated seasons in recent memory.
The 2017 Formula One season will see the new regulations shake up the grid as every team tries to find the best utilisation of these rules. With the return of wider tyres, as well as revamped aerodynamics this season, a more physically demanding experience awaits for the drivers.
Barcelona’s pre-season testing will assure the teams the first real indication of how the cars are going to perform. But, just like the engine regulation change in 2014, nobody will have a real sense of the pecking order until they hit the Melbourne track. In spite of that, things can change in no time, as history has it the margins between success and failure are very thin in Formula One.
Team Williams cleared that although cosmetically the 2017 cars will look very different to their 2016 predecessors FW38, the core of the car, the power unit and the areas situated around the power unit, have not changed a great deal
Williams’ unveiling leaves American team Haas, Red Bull and Toro Rosso as the only teams left to unveil their challengers for the 2017 season. All three are due to pull the covers off their respective machines on Sunday, the day before all 10 teams hit the track for the first official test of the year.