Williams FW33 revealed ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ first pictures

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The Williams FW33 has done its first lap at Valencia.

The car is running in an interim livery for the first test session of the year.

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78 comments on Williams FW33 revealed ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ first pictures

  1. James Bolton said on 1st February 2011, 8:44

    Thanks for being so fast with these updates Keith, great effort. Other websites are miles behind!

    • wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 1st February 2011, 8:50

      Do agree only autosport is doing just as fast as you are but I guess they have a bigger management team with only yourself.

      • Ben Curly said on 1st February 2011, 10:16

        More often than not Keith is faster than autosport. Today I have a bit to much work to follow it that closely, but yesterday I was very impressed.

  2. looking good!!

  3. nicko said on 1st February 2011, 8:49

    looks mean

  4. verstappen said on 1st February 2011, 8:51

    Man, you’re fast Keith!

    The Rearwing endplates look a bit odd. Can’t remeber though how they looked on last years car.

    For the reat I find it hard to see on this picture if it’s truly an agressice design, but mabe that’s the point of the interim livery

  5. Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 1st February 2011, 8:52

    I love the old fashioned numbering on the side, I hope they keep it for the final livery.

  6. BasCB (@bascb) said on 1st February 2011, 8:56

    I quit like the retro testing livery. Car does not look that special, but it’s hard to say from this picture.

    • bosyber said on 1st February 2011, 10:30

      The sidepods are sort of a mix of the Virgin VR-01 and the W32, I think, but lowered at the back. – On that first picture it does seem that the front lower wishbone connects to the edge of the sidepod, giving it a nice line. On the whole, the car looks rather slim and very clean lined, but a bit tame.

      I do like the retro numbering and livery – they will do worse in the final livery if history is anything to go by.

      • bosyber said on 4th February 2011, 9:24

        When I wrote that, I hadn’t had a good look at the back of the car. It is a bit of an abrupt change, but I agree that with the Williams team that this is a very aggressive car – I hope it works well.

        I guess this car is showcasing this years trend: front very similar, high, rather flat, nose, strongly undercut sidepods – all of them have it, getting a bit boring; but then at the back everyone but Red Bull who already did it, is trying new ways of getting it ultra slim.

        Not sure it looks pretty, but very exciting to learn who has chosen the best solution. I hope it isn’t simply Red Bull.

    • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 1st February 2011, 10:37

      I do as well. It looks like a proper white knuckle racer, in much the same way the Sauber C30 does, to me. I hope they don’t go too overboard and saturate the blue too much. It looks fine as it is.

  7. Todfod (@todfod) said on 1st February 2011, 8:59

    looks way too plain. I’m not talking about the livery.. coz thats not finished, its just that the car design seems to have nothing innovative about it.

  8. matt88 (@matt88) said on 1st February 2011, 8:59

    i like the oldie number style (the number in the circle), but the car seems naked without sponsors…

  9. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2011, 9:12

    Dear Frank,

    Please run this livery for the rest of the year. It’s okay to put one or two more sponsors on, but there’s no need for anything fancy. In this case, less is more.

    Love,

    F1 Fanatic.

    • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 1st February 2011, 9:15

      Yes, maybe we can send Ol’ Frank a petition to keep it like this.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2011, 9:20

        The thing is that Williams’ test liveries always look better than the final product. The white and navy blue just never seem to work properly to my eye. I wouldn’t object if gold or red were worked in for PDVSA/Venezuela, but they just keep producing bland liveries.

        • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 1st February 2011, 9:46

          The white and navy blue has always bothered me as well. I love the old fashioned number, it would be great if they did a nostalgic kind of thing for the final livery.

          • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2011, 12:49

            They’ve confirmed that they are via Twitter. The final livery has been decided upon – it was settled yesterday, apparently – but there’s no word on when we’ll see it.

          • US_Peter said on 1st February 2011, 18:20

            The white and navy is just too nautical for my taste. Some gold in there would spice it up though and be a bit retro for Williams, which would make it bearable. That said I prefer this testing livery. I hope the retro number makes the final livery.

  10. Meander said on 1st February 2011, 9:15

    Here it is moving:

    http://yfrog.com/5a4fiz

  11. danielbts said on 1st February 2011, 9:21

    Best looking car so far (shape wise)

  12. RIISE (@riise) said on 1st February 2011, 9:22

    Ok that’s it, ugliest looking car on the grid behind the Renault.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2011, 9:31

      I don’t understand why people think the Renault is ugly. It’s all curves, and it’s got a black livery with gold. If you want ugly, go look at the Hispania F110.

      • Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 1st February 2011, 9:35

        I don’t understand why people think the Renault is ugly.

        Me neither. Especially when the same people are going crazy for the vomit-inducing Mercedes, and will doubtless hail McLaren’s bath taps when they are revealed.

        • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2011, 9:41

          Actually, I like the Mercedes. Especially the way the silver fades into the green. I don’t think I’ve seen two shots that are identical; the livery appears to change depending on how the light hits it.

          If you want an ugly livery, I suggest the Lotus T128. The green is a fantastic colour. The yellow stripe idea they carried in 2010 worked. Even that sideways figure-of-eight design on the sidepod works. But that massive yellow bar at the rear end and the part that decorates the undercarriage ruin it. And also the way the green immediately around the sponsor decals is different to the green used on the rest of the car.

          • US_Peter said on 1st February 2011, 18:22

            So far I’ve like the look of all the cars launched. The Torro Rosso is pretty much a non-starter, but every other car looks more agressive than its predecessor and the liveries haven’t been terrible yet. I’m waiting for Virgin and HRT to be disappointed on both counts (Virgin for livery and HRT for their car).

          • Gridlock said on 2nd February 2011, 0:10

            And also the way the green immediately around the sponsor decals is different to the green used on the rest of the car.

            This is likely a tv thing – I’d imagine you won’t notice it on tv, other than it will make even the smallest logo stand out, which is kinda what pays the bills.

            I’m loving all these side pods and dorsal intakes this year, so much more organic curves and exposed shapes. F1 cars are looking like the fastest single awarded around again, instead of long-wheelbase versions of James May’s sailboat tr7. Definitely with you on the shark fins PM

  13. RIISE (@riise) said on 1st February 2011, 9:38

    I like the Mercedes…and you know, for a while I forgot Hispania were even on the grid. Oh the shame =(

    • RIISE (@riise) said on 1st February 2011, 9:39

      Wait, I clicked reply but it created a new block.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 1st February 2011, 9:43

      If nothing else, I’m looking forward to Hispania’s livery. I’ve seen some stuff done by Daniel Simon, and he’s pretty good. Even if the racing drivers of of the eight-seventh century all look like Playboy bunnies. But I digress; it surprises me that nobody throught of commissioning a Hollywood art department to do a livery before. Hispania may be slow and they may have hopeless drivers in 2011, but damn it if they won’t look good doing it. And the slower the car, the longer we have to admire the livery.

      • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 1st February 2011, 9:49

        I am really excited to see what Simon comes up with for HRT. If anything they will have a pretty car, something most of the teams sadly don’t place any importance on anymore. You would think sponsors would want to be on a pretty car, but they don’t really care. Sponsors are what began putting an end to beautiful cars in the first place, and then of course that troublesome little gremlin known as aerodynamics.

      • US_Peter said on 1st February 2011, 18:26

        And the slower the car, the longer we have to admire the livery.

        Except that they’ll only end up on camera when they’re being lapped by frontrunners…

  14. We had years of blue and white cars (everywhere), now everyone wants to do the monotone cars. Can’t wait for a barbie sponsored car!

    The williams looks better than it has done for many years.

  15. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 1st February 2011, 9:39

    I like the change of livery, but I really hope they try and go back to the old Williamses of the early 1990s, what with the Venezuelan influence and all. Just not stale blue and white again, it worked so well in the Rothmans years but not recently.

    Car looks pretty decent, we’ll see.

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