Williams have become the latest Formula 1 team to reveal their 2021 car – the FW43B.
Williams have unveiled their 2021 F1 car – the FW43B. The car was revealed online on Friday afternoon. The team had planned to launch the car via an augmented reality app, but were unable to after the app was hacked prior to the car’s launch.
In 2021, Williams team maintains the same driver line-up as last year, with George Russell continuing with the team for his third season in Formula 1 and Nicholas Latifi entering his sophomore campaign.
For the first time in their history, Williams failed to pick up a single point in 2020 – but it was a year of some progress for the team. Williams were much closer to the rest of the field in qualifying, and recorded ten Q2 appearances – nine courtesy of George Russell. Russell was undoubtedly the star driver, though Nicholas Latifi would have finished ahead in the championship if not for Russell’s one-off appearance for Mercedes. Latifi recorded three eleventh place finishes, while Russell’s best result for the team was twelfth.
Of the 1,825 laps which the team raced this year, they spent 86 in the top ten positions. Most notably, Russell missed out on his maiden points following a crash under Safety Car conditions at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Nevertheless, Russell took the most convincing win in the 2020 qualifying team-mate battles. Russell out-qualified Latifi at every round where the pair were team-mates, and qualified in twelfth place twice. Latifi qualified last on seven occasions.
Off-track it was a year of major change for Williams. The Williams family stepped away from Formula 1 in September, with the team having been acquired by investment group Dorilton Capital. Simon Roberts became the acting team principal, while Jost Capito will join the team as CEO for the 2021 season.
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After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, Motorsport Guides and WTF1. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.