Williams FW31 introduced in interim livery (2009 F1 car launches)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Williams-Toyota FW31 - 2009 F1 car
Williams-Toyota FW31 - 2009 F1 car

Williams has revealed its 2009 F1 car – the FW31. The team go into 2009 with Toyota engines for the third year in a row.

The FW31 has been presented in an interim livery. Its final paint scheme for the 2009 F1 season will be revealed next month. Pictures of the new Williams below.

Drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima have spent their entire F1 careers with Williams. This is Rosberg’s fourth full season and Nakajima’s second. Nico H???lkenberg is driving the car today.

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45 comments on “Williams FW31 introduced in interim livery (2009 F1 car launches)”

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  1. Interim livery? I’d say, keep this. It’s wonderful!

    1. Agreed!

  2. They’ve managed to keep that car looking clean and simple without making it look… simple.

    I agree about the livery though, it looks lovely.. keep it!

  3. This is the year boys!!

  4. This is a really good looking car. Let’s hope that they can convert these good looks into results on the track.
    Here’s to a great 2009.

  5. Magnificent car, the most beautiful so far…about the livery I agree with you, it’s very cool, I wish they keep it for the races as well..

  6. this has to be one of the best looking cars for a long time….even with big wing/small wing syndrome

  7. Yes, stick with this one Mr Williams….

  8. very nice, i like…like it. I wreckon this should be used for races. Again very nice!

  9. gotta hand it to ferrari for providing a full 360 degree viewer online for everyone to see (f60.ferrariworld.com) what are these other teams doing releasing grainy photos out the front of a dark garage… i mean come on…

    1. If every team had the cash that Ferrari has, I’m sure they would. Williams has been cash strapped for some time and I’m sure they’re not better now in this economy. Their first priority is racing, the parties and everything else is secondary.

  10. Aye, a great looking car indeed – the sleekest of em all. I like the little concave curvature at the front of the nose…it’s like Nico sat on the mould or something!

    And I just seen the new Renault…which is without a doubt going to be the most hideous thing ever to set wheels on any track…ever!

  11. The HOTTEST car so far.Even better than Mc and Ferrari together.Good luck.

  12. Looks great, not quite as tidy as the Ferrari but one of the best 2009 cars I’ve seen.
    I guess its nose is so big because they’ve reinforced it after breaking so many last year.

  13. why is williams’ interm livery alweays better than their boring final livery???

  14. If looks won races……

  15. Love it. 100% agree with thise saying they should use the “interim” livery for the races too…

  16. Very good looking car… I guess it is Ferrari, McLaren & Williams who’s gonna steal the show with the looks :) But let’s see whether all three stay in contention for the titles… I guess McLaren and Ferrari will be there in the top and I wish Williams to be there with them.

    Certainly not Renault, though I like Alonso… I hate them for their new livery ;)

  17. It looks good, but it’s hard to tell exactly when it’s in such a dark livery

  18. They also seem to have gone for a Double Decker front flaps, and their rear seem to be well constructed too. If I’m not wrong, this is the only team working with mechanical K.E.R.S, let’s see how advantageous or disadvantageous it could be!

  19. Slightly off the topic, but can anyone confirm… is it 2009 spec rear wing that McLaren is using at the Algarve Motor Park today??? It looks very flat and wide, for me it looks like a 2008 spec one.

    1. Absolutely that’s a 2008 spec rear wing. Very weird. The only reason I can think of that they’d be running that is to compare the readings they get on the ’09 car using the same wing configuration as they have previously tested on the ’08 car – to set a baseline as it were.

      On a related note, the ’08 spec STR already looks like it’s front wing is too small and the ’08 spec rear wing on that Macca looks strange too. I’m already getting used to these cars, which IMO don’t look anywhere near as bad out on track as they do when they’re photographed in a studio..!!

  20. Best looking car so far. Easily up there with Ferrari.

    Oh and Mani, it looks like a 2008 spec rear wing. No idea why they’d run it though, but if you compare it against the Toro Rosso you can see it’s almost identical in proportions and position.

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