Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna, Williams FW34, 2012

Williams FW34 launch: First pictures of their 2012 F1 car

2012 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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.”

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  1. The livery looks great, the car is not bad (will any 2012 car look good with that horrible nose?)…

    Oh my god, the driver line-up is scary… is this really Williams? Prost, Mansell, Piquet, Rosberg, Hill, Villeneuve, Jones… Maldonado and B. Senna?!

    1. Fernando Cruz
      8th February 2012, 19:23

      Scary is your comment. Do you know Damon Hill took 10 years to get to F1 and Bruno Senna just 4? Do you know Hill never won a single race in F3000 while B. Senna won 3 in GP2 and was second in the championship? Do you really know Maldonado was GP2 champion in 2010?

      Let’s be honest. B. Senna was much better in junior categories than Damon Hill and deserved more to be in Brawn in 2009 than Hill deserved to be in Williams in 1993. With a winning car B. Senna would surely do better than Hill also in F1.

  2. I like the livery, looks angry. Hope they keep it.

    They couldn’t even line the tyres up correctly for Pirelli’s benefit and exposure. Hope that isn’t a sign of things to come!

  3. Shoot me guys, but I find the ugliest of the pack. And the colors make it even worse. As with Lotus the dark livery looks nice, here it just makes the car look um… unimpressive, flat and slow (I know one cannot judge speed by the looks but still..)

    1. You’d probably like it better if you had two eyes :)

  4. The final image at a glance reminds me of the 1997 cars.

    Also, seeing the C31 out on track yesterday reminded me of them, too.

    ’97 cars were definitely alot nicer, though.

  5. I dont know… personally to me this looks like exactly what it is – a car designed on a budget. The level of detail all over the car looks far less than what wome of he top teams have come up with. This is, of course, my uneducated opinion based on pictures of the outside, but I cant help but fear for the season ahead.

  6. So, it now seems as though the McLaren will be the only car WITHOUT a stepped nose and WITH square side pod intakes rather than triangular ones.

    Is this because they are better than everyone else, or worse?

    Or will we see a different car in Melbourne (as Martin Whitmarsh said) than to the one they launched

    1. Personally, I wonder why the teams even bother with a launch these days.

      They’re clearly not going to give everyone in the world high-res photos of the actual “Race 1” front wing, rear diffuser, floor, rear wing, etc etc. Basically the only thing you learn from the launches is “yes, it’s got a stepped nose” and what colour it is.

    2. To be fair Whitmarsh said that basically everyone will have a different car but anyway those basic things probably won’t change. He was talking more about exhaust, diffusers and wings. I expect Mclaren will still have the same nose and side-pods we see now come racing day.

  7. I’m surprised that they kept the dark blue livery, as wasn’t that due to RBS being their main sponsor? I much prefer the royal blue/white/yellow of the 90’s era cars.

  8. Williams, I love ya… but that is one of the ugliest nose steps yet :/

    I have to be honest. These photos fill me with a more anxious feeling about this season than one of hope. I like Bruno a lot and I hope for the best for him, but there’s just something about looking at these pictures that make me feel off…

  9. The more I look at this car the more it seems to have potential.

    The sidepods are tight and have a fair amount of undercut before tapering out very quickly (assumably because of their gearbox), they’re front brake ducts seem almost non existant and can anybody else figure out how exactly the front wing is attached? Its barely touching the struts!

  10. Never mind the livery. the old saying is that if it looks fast then it probably is.
    They are all plug ugly.
    Yet more tampering with what should be the most
    beautiful and efficient cars in the world.

  11. The livery is a test livery. I emailled Williams and to my suprise, got a response!

    Dear Peter

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    The livery of the FW34 as revealed today is a test livery. The final livery will be revealed shortly before the start of the season.

    We do hope the new car will perform well and many thanks indeed for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated.

    Kind Regards

    The Business Support Team
    WilliamsF1 Security – Ext 4399

    1. That’s a shame, because I really, really like that livery! But then again, their 2011 livery was pretty neat, too.

      1. On the plus side, perhaps they will actually give their sponsors some recognition. I know, a lot depends on how much the companies are actually paying the team, but with talk that PDVSA is spending $40 million in sposnorship, one would expect that they would get more coverage than they do now. There are huge blank spaces between the sidepod and the front wheel and on the rear wing, and if the team got rid of the large number in the circle, they would have plenty of space in the sidepod. Sauber are also guilty of having these excessively-large empty spaces. It’s prime real estate for sponsors, and although Williams probably need as much money as they can get, their 2011 results mean that potential sponsors could probably get a whole lot of coverage for a cheaper price than with any other team.

  12. Stephen Higgins
    7th February 2012, 19:03

    Worst step-nose so far.


  13. The driver’s overalls are so poorly done. It looks like they’ve ironed on half the logos. Strange decision, looks more akin to a karting team. Personally I don’t think the car looks that great either (in terms of what I predict for its performance).

    Best livery as ever though.

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