The final car of the 2013 season has finally been revealed. The Williams FW35 was unveiled upon the first day of testing in the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.
It may seem strange to only reveal a car during one of two available tests but the team addressed this matter citing a need for extra time to perfect their previous model. The British outfit instead ran their 2012 car suggesting that this year’s modifications are simplistic and merely refinements. It seems I couldn’t have been more wrong!
“New car, big step forward” – in fact eighty percent of the car is a new design.
The FW35 does match the 2013 norm; it includes a vanity panel but drastically differs from the Ferrari as it does not extend the top wing mounts.
Technical director Mike Coughlan said “Given the rule stability over the winter, I’m pleased with the gains that we’ve been able to make with this car. It’s a better, more refined Formula One car than the FW34 and I think everyone involved in the project can feel proud of the work they’ve done.”
“I can’t wait to sit behind the steering wheel” was the rather predictable response from Pastor Maldonado in their promotional video ‘The FW35 – The Step Inside’. I note the lack of presence of his young team mate Bottas though, a sign of the team’s focus on Maldonado who won his maiden Grand Prix last year and brings copious amounts of funding.
I for one will be interested to see how well the car will perform at pre-season testing this week. Their 2012 car was able to hold its own amongst the innovative designs of their mid field rivals. now excitement brews and the test really starts as eleven newly strung cars fire up for the first time.
Whilst all times should be taken with a pinch of salt (all cars will be greatly modified), we should allow it to give us an indication of a car’s reliability. With this problem plaguing the historic team last year, it will be interesting to see how Maldonado and Bottas carry the cap through multiple laps.
Images courtesy of Williams F1 Team.
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