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

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)

  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 19th January 2009, 17:12

    Not only do Williams look short of sponsors, one of their biggest sponsors RBS today announced record losses and saw a huge fall in their share price.

  2. Alastair said on 19th January 2009, 17:30

    It will look a lot less handsome once all the white is added.

    Verdict: dark cars look good because you can’t see them!

  3. While I think the car itself looks good, I will disagree with everyone on here about the interim livery.

    Personally I don’t like the interim livery, and wouldn’t mind them going back to the one they used last year. Because the interim livery is dark blue, in pictures it often looks black, and for me black with white writing on doesn’t work.

    Also are any other people finding it hard to make out the details of the bodywork on some of the pictures released so far due to the current paint work?

  4. Looks good, sexiest sidepods so far, but i also liked the autumn BMW sidepods. Amazing how much uglier it looks in the orthogonal renderings.

    BTW, does anyone have a link that explains what all/each suspension piece does? in general F1 terms of course. I’m starting to get a bit confused…

  5. scunnyman said on 19th January 2009, 20:01

    this is my first ever post on this great site. i think the williams looks great, no need to change much of the livery but can anybody tell me if it is my eyes deceiving me or the colour of the car. It looks like the rear wing is lower than the other cars already launched so far?

  6. Wesley said on 19th January 2009, 20:27

    Just like last season,the Williams with interim livery looks the best by far.

  7. Oliver said on 19th January 2009, 23:10

    Perhaps they choose this interim livery for stealth reasons. Its very easy to disguise peculiar features of a car when they don’t stand out due to poor contrast with the back ground.

  8. Monotones are the way to go! Ferrari’s have looked classy because of the one colour scheme and the Williams looks ace because of this very reason. This car is fantastic! I’ve always had a soft spot for Williams, accept during the Post Villenueve Pre Montoya days.

    Like Keith said, its interesting how RBS is the primary sponsor of the team when they’ve just tabled the highest loss by any British company ever!

  9. staggington said on 21st January 2009, 16:22

    lookks like the bat-mobile! i like this car as well n wish williams success in 2009! (and im not just sayin that cuz my surname is williams!…ok maybe i am lol) i think it looks a littel bulky compared to the sleekness of ferrari and mclaren, but at least it looks like they developed it some unlike renault and bmw. their wings look like templates and just stuck them on with no thought.

  10. staggington said on 21st January 2009, 16:26

    also, williams definitely need to find more sponsors! i mean i can give them a grand n put a lil sticker on there somewhere!

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