Williams FW34 launch: First pictures of their 2012 F1 car

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The Williams-Renault FW34 has been revealed for the first time at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

After a very poor 2011, in which the team scored just five points and finished ninth in the world championship, Williams are hoping for a changes in fortunes in 2012.

The team have switched engine suppliers from Cosworth to Renault and Bruno Senna joins the team in place of Rubens Barrichello. Pastor Maldonado remains at Williams for a second season.

Team principal Frank Williams said: “One could say that looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a truly fresh start. We have a new car, new driver line up, new engine and new senior personnel.

“We also have a number of new partners who have joined the team in the past few months. I?d like to take this opportunity to welcome them formally and sincerely wish that they have an enjoyable and, most importantly, a valuable experience with us. The team has had a good winter at the factory and we feel ready and strong for the fight.”

Williams FW34 pictures

See more pictures of the Williams FW34 in today’s test.

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68 comments on Williams FW34 launch: First pictures of their 2012 F1 car

  1. PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 7th February 2012, 7:42

    Looking good. Question is: is it fast?

    • ivz (@ivz) said on 7th February 2012, 7:44

      Hard to tell with just one photo, but is the ‘step’ itself curved?
      The name Williams Renault, please be at least fighting at the front of the midfield.

    • The nose step looks rather ‘blunt’ almost as though the chassis was designed high and then somebody point out the nose had to be a lot lower so they bolted on something with a steeper looking drop than most of the other teams.

  2. Tom (@tomforpresident) said on 7th February 2012, 7:44

    looks like they have managed to keep their tiny gear box with the new engine. will need to see more closely to know for sure though.

  3. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 7th February 2012, 7:49

    Williams testing liveries always end up being better than their race liveries, stick with this please Williams!!

    The car looks pretty good actually. Maybe it’s just the dark paint…:)

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 7th February 2012, 12:45

      Oh @geemac, I love it as well, but I don’t see why they changed their retro livery when they have signed Senna. Maybe they wish to forget the past, and I’d understand that, but to have a retro helmet and livery together would be amazing.

    • I had wished for a proper retro livery….going back closer to one of the old Williams Renault designs which were always superb. Randstad and Embratel both use lighter blues, closer to the old Rothmans blue than the dark blue on the car. If only they had used that blue and a yellow outline of the embratel logo so it resembled the FW16-19. I guess they were never going to do that, even though those old designs were classic

  4. dennis (@dennis) said on 7th February 2012, 7:50

    Might be just the paintjob, but the side-pods turn down REALLY early.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 7th February 2012, 10:56

      @dennis Looks like they’ve decided to stick with the ‘tight rear end’.

    • Most of the teams have just followed up on Newey’s design from last year….large undercuts for the sidepod intakes, with the intakes themselves being as small as technically possible for cooling. I think the size of the intakes immediately gives away how good the cooling is in smaller being better and less compromise for the aero around to the back of the car. William’s seems not so good. The rest of the rear follows Neweys pull rod rear suspension to get that pronounced coke bottle tight rear end and maximise clean airflow over the rear

  5. Williams Renault sounds a good combination , midfield contenders and might surprise Lotus Renault.
    P.S. is that the Senna logo on front wings again.
    Scary very scary for Bruno and family.
    Best of luck

  6. Ryan Williams (@) said on 7th February 2012, 7:57

    Another pretty car from Williams. The stepped nose is ugly, but that’s to be expected, and the rest of the car is fantastic to look at. The paint scheme is one of the best of this year in my opinion, especially the blue and white stripes on the air box & engine cover.

    I really hope Williams find some pace this year. It would be great to see a Williams Renault driven by Senna towards the sharper end of the grid this year

  7. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 7th February 2012, 7:58

    OK, that is seriously gorgeous. Even better than last year’s car! Best livery Williams have had in ages. I really hope this car marks a turn in their fortunes. They’ve got the money, the engine, and hopefully they’ll have two good drivers next year.

    • dennis (@dennis) said on 7th February 2012, 8:17

      @damonsmedley
      After seeing last year’s car I was expecting them to do way better than they did.
      This year, due to the loss of EBDs I think the superflat rear end could actually work. The change to Renault might help as well.

      Maybe Senna and Maldonado get their stuff together.

  8. Eggry (@eggry) said on 7th February 2012, 8:24

    Very tiny engine cover. Interesting. I hope it would be competitive.

  9. Aldoid said on 7th February 2012, 8:29

    Loving the livery, & the Williams-Renault combination just seems right. I don’t think there are any true F1 fans who don’t wish this team well this year.

  10. OOliver said on 7th February 2012, 8:34

    The car doesn’t look too bad and no surprises there. Their racing overalls is a bit too dull

  11. squaregoldfish (@squaregoldfish) said on 7th February 2012, 8:37

    Only two blades on the front wing? A retrograde step from Gillette, I feel.

  12. Gambisk said on 7th February 2012, 8:42

    This may be a dumb question but what are the circles for just behind the roll hoop? You can see one on both sides infront of the renault graphic.

  13. matt88 (@matt88) said on 7th February 2012, 8:47

    Williams’s liveries are always among the best, i hope this year they’re competitive too…

  14. Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 7th February 2012, 8:53

    From the branding on the car, Bruno Senna didn’t bring that much money, did he? No wonder they were going for Adrian Sutil initially.

    Also, it’s pretty clear why Williams went with two pay drivers – they have one, maybe two sponsors of their own. Which I would classify as worrisome for any team, but for a publicly traded company this is scary stuff.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 7th February 2012, 10:09

      it’s pretty clear why Williams went with two pay drivers – they have one, maybe two sponsors of their own.

      Someone needs to speak to PDVSA, Embratel and Gilette – they’re clearly not getting their money’s worth.

      • Fernando Cruz said on 10th February 2012, 18:01

        PDVSA takes much more money than Bruno’ sponsors put together. Chavez uses people of Venezuela’ s money to support a racing driver in the most capitalist of sports.

        At least Embratel, Gilette and OGX are private companies that support Bruno because they believe in his talent. They don’ t use money from brazilian people, as far as I know.

  15. Loving the colours….and the grooming theme – Gillette & Head & Shoulders! Pantene as main sponsor? If they pay enough, Williams may consider themselves worth it…

    • Tayyib (@m0nzaman) said on 7th February 2012, 10:53

      Ver, very clever and witty but where do williams go from last season, it will still feel strange if they are racing the torro rossos and the midfield, surely there aim has to be to beat in Findia, Sauber and Torro Rosso otherwis I can not see the decline ending.

  16. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 7th February 2012, 9:41

    I hate to disappoint, but Williams traditionally run a stripped-down version of their livery in testing.

    More than likely we’ll see more white added to the paint scheme, just like last year and in recent years.

    Looks like a nice package. Still maintained the tight rear.

    • The Last Pope (@the-last-pope) said on 7th February 2012, 11:11

      The overalls are mainly blue though, where previously they have been white. And the testing liveries of previous years were just one colour without any actual design. I’d be very suprised if this isn’t the livery that will be seen in the races.

      Lets hope their super-low gearbox works more often this year.

  17. Dan8 (@dan8) said on 7th February 2012, 10:13

    Livery does look nice, but starting to look a bit bare of sponsors like Sauber, with the loss of AT&T.

  18. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 7th February 2012, 10:17

    Ugly, ugly car, certainly not helped by the paint job; all they had to do was change the nose to the dark blue, but this just looks like they got last year’s car and run out of paint. The drivers’ overalls look like baby-gros. Conjures up images of failed backmarkers of days gone by with weird cars and eyesore liveries.

  19. Love the raw look of that gearbox

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