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Edge of tomorrow // FW38 revealed ahead of Barcelona testing

Published by Christine Blachford

FW38 revealed ahead of Barcelona testing
Williams F1

Williams have revealed their 2016 challenger today, the FW38, with a set of moody photos and some interviews with top team names. The new car looks very similar to its 2015 predecessor, but a lot of work has gone on under the hood. Chief technical officer Pat Symonds says: "The FW37 was a pretty effective car and so we concentrated on understanding the areas where we could improve it without losing the attributes which made it effective. It is no secret that the low speed performance of the FW37 didn’t match its high speed performance so a lot of time was spent looking into why this was and subsequently making changes, which we hope will improve the situation."

Deputy team principal Claire Williams is excited for the year ahead but points out there's still a lot of work going on: "The car we are launching today is by no means the final product. We are already planning updates for Melbourne and will be pushing for constant improvements over the course of the season. Williams enters 2016 in a strong place. We have a great team of people and over the past two years we have started to regain our competitive edge."

Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa are both retained for a third season as teammates, and Bottas enters his fourth year with the team. The Finn is eager to start testing next week: "This is always a really interesting and exciting time of the year because we have a new car and we can’t wait to get it out on track to see how it feels and how fast it is. It’s been a good winter and from what I’ve seen we seem to be headed in a good direction with this car."

Finally, team principal Frank Williams wants to continue the push for better and better results: "We have a busy couple of weeks of testing coming up to learn more about our package and to refine the car ahead of the first race. We will have to wait until Melbourne to find out exactly where we stand in the pecking order but I’m confident that our hard work over the winter will stand us in good stead."