Williams have officially unveiled their 2017 car, the FW40.

The team previously shared computer rendered images of their car last Friday, though the official images seem somewhat different to the render. The eye is immediately drawn to the large shark fin, which features the familiar Martini branding. The car also features sponsorship from new sponsors JCB.

Felipe Massa, who retired at the end of the 2016 season, comes out of ‘retirement’ following Mercedes’ poaching of Valtteri Bottas. The experienced 35 year-old will be joined by Canadian Lance Stroll, who will make his F1 debut aged 18.

Williams finished third in the Constructors’ Championship in 2014 and 2015, but struggled in their battle for fourth with Force India in 2016. TPat Symonds has left the team ahead of the 2017 season, but hey will be joined instead by Paddy Lowe from Mercedes. He joins as the team’s most senior technical figure.

What do you think to Williams’ 2017 car? Will they be able to fight for fourth again in the Constructors’ Championship this year? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Nicky Haldenby is a 23 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature. He founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016. Nicky also writes for Badger GP.

One Reply to “Williams 2017 F1 Car Launch: The FW40”

  1. Williams will stay in my heart like the best stable of F1 of the 90s!
    Prost in 1993, and Villenneuve who won the title at Chumacher in 1997 and Hill the year before, of course on the formidable dominance Mansell in 1992!
    But there is also the sad and scandalous death of the GREAT !!! SENNA at Imola at the San Marino Grand Prix!
    Then the timid but respectable BMW season in the early 2000s.
    And then it’s not very glorious with Toyota then Cosworth 🙁
    Even with the return of the Renault engine in the 2012 and 2013 Williams chassies, the magic of not taking! ; (:(
    Very disappointing 8th and 9th place manufacturer 🙁
    Then renewed with Mercedes since 2014.
    But there ! By dint of this finding in the middle of the grid either one stagnates, one goes up or one makes it ahead.
    And with a very serious concurrency for this year it will be chaut !!
    Even if Mercedes engine and the return of Paddy Lowe encourages the stable.

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