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Williams reveal the FW35 at Circuit de Catalunya // The final car of the 2013 season is revealed ahead of Barcelona test

Published by Christine Blachford

Williams FW35 studio shot

Williams have finally joined in the 2013 fun and launched their car for the coming season, unveiling the FW35 in the Barcelona pit lane ahead of the second week of testing. The new car comes with a modesty panel to hide the stepped nose, and an unusual looking front, but is so far causing more controversy at the rear.

With a new exhaust design, Williams have opted to go the same way as Caterham in trying to direct the flow at the rear. The FIA aren't looking too kindly on this so we could see a design tweak in the near future.

Regardless, the car made its debut in the Barcelona paddock and was soon out on track for a shakedown in the hands of Pastor Maldonado.

I felt happy after the first run this morning and we then completed a busy day of testing. It was great to get out on track in the new car. There is still a lot to discover with the new car, but this is a good starting point for us for the season.

- Pastor Maldonado, Williams

Williams also broke some sponsorship news today, confirming an extension of their partnership with Randstadt and a brand new deal with Experian - good work in these tricky financial times.

A move conventional look from the FW35
A move conventional look from the FW35

The team claim their new car is 80% new bits and pieces, despite still being an evolution of the 2012 challenger. With the regulation stability, it's an impressive feat to have changed this much, and technical director Mike Coughlan explained what they are focusing on for the year ahead.

The Coanda effect is going to be a big thing for us. There’s been no rule clarification concerning this area of the car, so we’ll work closely with Renault to maximise the available gains. Use of the DRS is more restricted this year, so we’ll take some resource away from that and focus on other areas.

- Mike Coughlan, Technical Director, Williams

Williams F1 saw something of a resurgence in 2012, after a series of very disappointing seasons. With one surprise victory at the hands of Pastor Maldonado, and decent pace in qualifying on Saturdays, the team will be hoping for further progress in 2013.

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  • A surprisingly dull looking car from a livery point of view. Just doesn't seem very exciting.

  • Looks like a good car:

    'iffy' Coanda exit pushing the rules to the limits

    Same for the front wing solution (similar to Ferrari, using the modesty panel to slightly raise the nose)

    The rear end stops about 30cm from the rear tires so they've got lots of space to play with.

    There's a photo with the fin edited out, and it's like there's a short walk from the engine air feed and the rear wing

    Again a low centre of gravity at the rear.

    No DRD yet, but I don't think many teams are running them just yet

    I'd say good results are due on medium down force circuits and street races (drivers allowing that is).

  • No DRD yet, but I don't think many teams are running them just yet

    drd?

  • drd?

    Drag-Reduction-Device... i.e. the Lotus-esque solution that's not connected to the DRS.

  • Drag-Reduction-Device... i.e. the Lotus-esque solution that's not connected to the DRS.

    ah right. more acronyms to confuse us.

  • i do like this one. front end is very ferrari, and that front wing looks lethal.

  • The nose looks like something that evolved from the walrus nose on the FW26 minardi.freeblog.…-FA-1600x1200.jpg

    The blue is kind of yeeuch though

  • The nose looks like something that evolved from the walrus nose on the FW26 minardi.freeblog.…-FA-1600x1200.jpg

    Tut tut, if you're going to link, make sure you link to the right place sidepodcast.com/p…sk-nosed-williams ;)

  • The nose looks like something that evolved from the walrus nose on the FW26

    i can't see the association there?

    to me it looks just like this one: sidepodcast.com/p…-maranello-launch

  • Tut tut, if you're going to link, make sure you link to the right place sidepodcast.com/p…sk-nosed-williams ;)

    wait, not one you took yourself?

    www.flickr.com/ph…odcast/525517409/

  • wait, not one you took yourself?

    Gah! You win :)

  • i can't see the association there?

    Look at the side view and look ho far back the nose cone is from the conventional position. Just like the walrus.

  • Another weird almost-chopped-off nose, seems to be the new fashion.

  • Look at the side view and look ho far back the nose cone is from the conventional position. Just like the walrus.

    ahh, i thought you meant the struts.

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