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Williams introduce the FW34 as testing begins in Jerez // Frank Williams hailing 2012 as a fresh start

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Williams introduce the FW34 as testing begins in Jerez
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Welcome to F1Minute - Williams introduce the FW34 as testing begins in Jerez.

Williams have launched their new car for the 2012 season, revealing the FW34 at Jerez before hitting the track for the first day of testing. The car is the first to feature a Renault engine since 1997, with the championship-winning partnership back on for the coming season.

With the regulation changes, Williams have pointed out the new car “carries fewer than 5% of the parts from last year’s FW33.” It features the tweaked exhausts and step in the nose and Frank Williams hails it as a fresh start. He said: “We have a new car, new driver line up, new engine and new senior personnel. The team has had a good winter at the factory and we feel ready and strong for the fight.”

The drivers were on hand to reveal the car, and Pastor Maldonado thinks he’s ready to lend a helping hand, saying: “It will be very important that we develop the car from the start of the season to the end. Now that I have a year’s experience, I can help in that area much more now.”

Meanwhile, Bruno Senna was simply looking forward to his first ever pre-season test since he joined F1 two years ago.