Williams FW34 launch: First pictures of their 2012 F1 car

2012 F1 cars

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

  1. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 7th February 2012, 17:13

    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

    • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 7th February 2012, 17:27

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

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 8th February 2012, 4:34

        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.

  2. Stephen Higgins said on 7th February 2012, 19:03

    Worst step-nose so far.


  3. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 8th February 2012, 7:44

    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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