Williams FW33 Pastor Maldonado Williams FW33 in its new livery

The Williams team has finally taken the wraps off its 2011 colour scheme, having so far run its FW33 challenger in an all-navy interim livery.

The new sponsor adorning the car’s rear wing is from Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA petroleum company, which is the major backer for the newly-signed Pastor Maldonado.

The car’s sidepods and most of the engine cover remain bare of sponsorship stickers, indicating that the outfit would most certainly welcome more investment.

Continuing with its use of navy blue and white as the predominant colours, the FW33 bears sponsorship from its long-time partners, AT&T, Randstad, ORIS watches, Thomson Reuters – all of whom remained with the team, which also lost five major sponsors during the off-season.

The departure of these partners sparked a wave of rumours about the team’s financial health, and the team recently announced it would partially float a shareholding in its operation on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The outfit also dispensed with the services of Nico Hülkenberg at the end of the 2010 season, in favour of the better-sponsored Maldonado.

  Williams FW33
The FW33’s sidepods are noticeably bereft of sponsorship stickers ahead of the 2011 season.

The livery launch was headed by the team’s CEO, Adam Parr, who was also joined by the team’s technical director Sam Michael and Maldonado. The Venezuelan’s team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, was not present for the livery launch, having been given the green light to remain in Brazil for his wedding anniversary.

[Original images via LAT and Sutton Images]

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