The Williams Racing team has taken the covers off its new 2015 racer, the FW37, in an exclusive photo shoot in the latest edition of the F1 Racing magazine.
Following on from a successful season in 2014 where it claimed nine podium finished and finished third overall in the Constructors’ Championship standings, the Grove team will be hoping that its new design will continue its impressive recovery after a disastrous campaign the year before.
“The notion for the FW37 was to look closely at the FW36 and its performances,” said Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds.
“We then went about recognising what had worked well and identifying and resolving the areas that we felt needed to be improved. Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations.
“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.
“The desire to beat Ferrari to third place in the Constructors’ [Championship] in 2014 meant we pushed our development through to late autumn, but the size of the team is now at a point where it was able to sustain this development whilst still working on the FW37.”
The relative stability of the technical regulations between 2014-2015 gave the team ample time to identify the problems with the FW37’s predecessor and ensure these issues wouldn’t be replicated in its latest design. The biggest challenge the team faced was the adjustment in the nose designs, with the FIA stipulating the lowered noses must be designed with a smooth drop as it sought to avoid a repeat of the unsightly ‘anteater’ concepts run by a number of teams in 2014.
“We felt we came up against design barriers in the FW36 and so took the opportunity to remove those barriers for the benefit of the performance. The FW36 carried a reasonable amount of ballast, so we were able to make alterations to the design for added performance without the fear of adding excessive mass,” Symonds added.
“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.
“The more rule stability there is, the closer the field gets. I hope as a team we are more capable of maintaining the forward momentum to catch Mercedes, than the teams behind us are of catching us. It’s not just about stable regulations but also about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving.”
Frank Williams, Team Principal added: “The team had a fantastic season last year, we are aiming to replicate this development over the winter and to start the 2015 season in a strong position. We have an enormously talented group of people here at Williams who want nothing more than the team to do well. This passion produced a great turn around in fortunes for the team in 2014 and everybody has worked tirelessly to continue that climb up the grid.”
The team sports an almost identical retro livery to what it ran in 2014, with Italian drinks group Martini remaining as the team’s title sponsor. The team’s biggest sponsorship acquisition during the off-season was former Lotus sponsor Rexona, the deodorant brand owned by the Unilever conglomerate. Its logos have been given prominence on the FW37’s sidepods.
“We have added a few more high profile names to accompany the incredibly supportive group of partners we have,” Frank Williams added.
“After a very strong first year with Mercedes we are looking to further develop the relationship as we look for more podiums in 2015. I feel this year will be equally as exciting as the last and look forward to seeing the car on the grid at the first race.”
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