Rubens Barrichello, Williams, 2011

Williams FW33 revealed ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ first pictures

2011 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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Images ?ι?® Julien Leroy / and Racecar Engineering

78 comments on “Williams FW33 revealed ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ first pictures”

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  1. It’s a very gaunt-looking car. When I look at it, I think of skin pulled tightly over bone. There’s not an ounce of fat on it, but there’s not much meat, either.

  2. Nose reminds me a bit of the Walrus design.

    1. I came here to post that. In fact, all the teams seem to have gone for a walrus style nose attachment. So even though we all mocked Williams when they first put that on, it must have been (the combination with) the rest of the car that made it slow, rather than the design itself. Interesting to see how that works out this year.

      Perhaps Williams will have a slightly larger database to work from about how that particular nose works and they might be able to work out how it works in combination with the new tyres a tad quicker as a result. A nice thought, although perhaps not entirely realistic, I admit :)

  3. Seems like Williams is the only team that is doing live timing.

  4. Going by a couple of Twitter feeds, Williams will be running a “retro” livery in 2011. Read into that what you will …

    1. It will be the 1992 magic red 5 livery

      1. Have you got a source for that, or is this just a wishlist? Because Williams’ Twitter feed is dark. They obviously don’t want to let the cat out of the bag.

    2. Suspect Williams will be doing a fair bit of nostalgia this year, for reasons amplified a few weeks ago with the talk of flotation.

  5. The whole car is very interesting, especially the rear (or lack of it!). No one here seems to have noticed that the rear suspension connects to the rear wing support!

    1. I noticed!
      That is an incredibly innovative rear end.
      It looks like it may even be a tighter package than the Redbull and Ferrari.
      I like it, it’s the first time in a long time that I can say that about a Williams design – Good for them!
      (hopefully its fast)

      1. So i saw this earlier today off of @scarbsf1 twitter feed.. This is a great shoot of how really low their back end is.. If the key to downforce is getting the maximum amount of airflow through your rear diffuser then I’d say that Williams will have the leg up on everyone. And for god sakes look at the driveshaft angle… The gearbox is literally on the floor. This back end will get williams in the mix at the front field.

        1. And look at how that roll hoop and engine cover work to deliver that airflow, I can’t see how the downforce here isn’t going to be substantially more than eg a RB with its virtual shark fin.

          But then I’m not a fluid dynamics guy :)

  6. Interesting idea just underneath the air-intake.

  7. The rear wing design looks strikingly similar to the Ferrari…hmmmm.

  8. Car will be rothmans look o like!

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