Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 F1 Car Launch: Williams set to write a new successful chapter in its storied career this year...




Finnish Phenom' Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel of the new FW36 at Jerez. (Image source: f1fanatic.co.uk)
The storied Formula 1 Constructor Williams, which we all know under the watchful tutelage of team founder Sir Frank (Williams) and departed co-owner Patrick Head has struggled in the past few years to live up to the heights of expectations, after all being the second most successful Constructor on the grid - having fallen to a lowly ninth place in the Constructor's title fight last season with a measly 5-points.

Thus Team 'Willy has brought on a raft of new key engineering personnel, including new Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds to lead the charge in the Grove-based squad's resurgence, which the team hopes to do so this season.

Reportedly the front nose utilizes a "finger" style treatment to conform with the new rules package while the biggest technical change is the ditching of 'Reggie (Renault) power and taking on their very first ever 'Merc lump, as the Mercedes Benz V-6 turbo unit was the class of the field at this year's first winter test in Jerez.

And while the McLaren MP4-29 has been making waves with its controversial rear wing suspension treatment, little seems to being mulled over the Williams FW36's rear suspension treatment which also features some sort of wing attachment, not to mention its novel wing-flap underneath its exhaust.


On the driver front, one can only argue that the team has also improved its lineup with the addition of the amiable Brazilian Felipe Massa over last year's Hot-head Pastor Maldonado while I'm looking for great things from F1 sophomore Valtteri Bottas, who's just been lacking a decent mount to show off his prodigious talents! As I'm looking forward to seeing the Martini cars - a long rumoured sponsorship deal in the Pipeline being back up towards the sharp end of the grid this year...

CHASSIS INFO
Team: Williams
Chassis: FW36
Engine: Mercedes Benz

Drivers
(Car#/Name)
19) Felipe Massa
77) Valtteri Bottas


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