Williams has become the first F1 team that unveiled the first images of their 2015 car. The FW37 revealed via F1 Racing magazine. The Mercedes powered car It will be hosted at the front cover of Autosport’s sister magazine, their main sponsor is Martini a it can be seen from the new colours that Williams added.
Williams finished third in 2014 season, the team made a huge step forward and moved from ninth place (2013) to third place last season (2014). Pat Symonds, William’s technical director, believes that his team can make the difference this year, even if they cannot compete with high budget teams like Ferrari or Red Bull and McLaren. Their last year performance gives him hope that they can achieve their aim and finish as high as they can. “It is not just what you do, it is what your rivals do” Symonds said, he also mentioned that the other teams are not in their best shape and they are facing problems, but he prefers to concentrate on his team performance. Williams admitted the new nose regulations for 2015 had a big impact on the design of the new FW37.
The nose design is very important for every F1 car, because it is the first part that has contact with the air and every F1 car operate as an aerodynamic system. Even when the rear part of the car is designed the mechanics have in their mind the front part. Williams’s technical director stated that “The new front bulkhead and nose geometry had much more of an impact than we had initially anticipated and the effect on the aero was profound”, and confirmed that change of the regulations caused a headache to the team. FW37 is a closer look of the FW36.They focused on the parts that they missed the previous year and tried to improve these areas. They were able to make changes in order to improve the performanceof the car without worrying about the extra weight.
Finally, Pat Symmonds added that the FW36 was very competitive in the hands of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, hence it was hard to detect the areas of weakness, and improve them for the 2015 (FW37) car.
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