Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Williams provide a look at the FW37 // New for 2015 nose appears in concept image

Published by Christine

Williams were the first team to show off their 2015 machinery, through a concept image published on the cover of an F1 magazine. The graphic offers insight into how the FW37 may look when it hits the track next week, but probably isn't the final design that we will see in Australia. Nevertheless, this initial glimpse has garnered some adoration and equal measures of criticism, particularly regarding the revised nose.

Concept artwork detailing Williams FW37
Credit: Williams F1

The FIA's clampdown on designing the nose and front wing was supposed to improve the aesthetics of Formula One cars this year, and whilst it may have managed to enhance things somewhat, the front of the car still comes down to a stubby bit at the tip. Probably not exactly what the governing body had in mind.

Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds can see the beauty in the car, though, particularly as it was designed as an evolution of the team's successful FW36 that ran in 2014. A progression of last year's car, but one that was actually dreamt up before 2014 even began.

The first conceptual stage of the FW37 came before the FW36 had turned a wheel. The main element to this is understanding the rule changes and how they will affect the design of the car, from here we can start see if our ideas will fit within the regulations.

- Pat Symonds

Symonds also praises his technical team for being able to continue development on this year's car, whilst sustaining the championship battle with Ferrari. Williams came out on top in the end, finishing a solid third in the 2014 standings, with nine podiums to their name. Drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa head into another season as teammates, both hoping to continue the improvements and be the first to get to the stop of the podium.

That means a newly designed car for 2015. Pat continues: "The change in regulations offered us a slight headache. 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. The team have worked hard on pulling back the deficit these regulations have made for us."

He calls it 'nose geometry', I know there are plenty of other phrases for it out there. The team also released a 360 degree view of the render of the FW37, albeit one that spins around the front section rather quickly.

It is a shame this is just an artist's impression of what will potentially hit the track this year, particularly coming only moments before Force India revealed their new livery on an updated chassis. However, it's always a good sign that Williams are getting the ball rolling and will be ready for testing in Jerez in just over a week.

All content in the series 2015 F1 launches