Williams FW35 launch: First pictures

2013 F1 cars

Williams FW35, 2013

The Williams FW35 is the last of the new cars for 2013 to make its first appearance.

Technical director Mike Coughlan said the car is based on last year’s race-winning FW34, but around 80% of its parts are new:

“Given the rule stability over the winter. I’m pleased with the gains that we?ve been able to make with this car,” he said.

“It?s a better, more refined Formula One car than the FW34 and I think everyone involved in the project can feel proud of the work they?ve done.”

Coughlan added the car’s exhausts will be a priority for development this year:

“The Coanda effect is going to be a big thing for us. There?s been no rule clarification concerning this area of the car, so we?ll work closely with Renault to maximise the available gains.

“Use of the DRS is more restricted this year, so we?ll take some resource away from that and focus on other areas.”

Pastor Maldonado scored his first Grand Prix win for the team last year and will be aiming to build on that success. But he faces a new team mate in the shape of highly-rated rookie Valtteri Bottas.

Team principal Frank Williams said: ” We will have to wait until Australia to truly see what we have, but we believe it is step forward from last year?s car which was also a very competitive vehicle.

“Pastor is a delightful character who is a massively determined racer, whilst Valtteri is quieter but still waters run deep and he is a highly gifted driver.

“Williams has been at the top many times over the last 30 years. It?s the nature of the sport to have ups and downs, but when we are down we always fight our way back.

“I?m hoping that with the current team we have in place, our new FW35, the combined talent of Pastor, Valtteri and Susie, and the continued support from our partners, we will be in a position to challenge the very best.”

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83 comments on Williams FW35 launch: First pictures

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  1. Dev (@dev) said on 19th February 2013, 7:41

    hope williams show some thing new with their car, they missed the first test hope it’s for a good reason.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 19th February 2013, 7:43

    Wow. You could fit a bus between the bodywork and the rear wing.

    • Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 19th February 2013, 7:44

      It’s like someone took a bite out of that rear end.

      • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 19th February 2013, 8:06

        @journeyer – And like someone took a bit out of the nose as well. The front wing extends well beyond the nose.

        • AlbertC (@albertc) said on 19th February 2013, 9:55

          Isn’t that just an optical illusion? You see the frontwing from an angle because of the wide lense. image gives you a better angle.

        • JimmyB (@jimmyb) said on 19th February 2013, 13:06

          It is actually an illusion! We are looking at an image of the car that is slightly bent. Our perspective of the front wing is not parallel but rather slightly behind (hence we can see the rear of the front tyre) and the opposite is true for the rear, which we are looking at from slightly in front (hence we can see the front of the rear tyre). That photo just makes it look like the car has a crummy underbite but really it all lines up just fine.

          • photozen (@photozen) said on 19th February 2013, 14:49

            I agree, it is the angle that creates the illusion of the front wing being extended in front of the nose. if you look at the other images, it shows the nose lined up with the edge of the front wing. Still, it does look a bit odd from the other images. the rear looks like they tightened it up with the new exhaust so much that it does appear to have a huge gap between the bodywork and the rear wing and that looks rather unbalanced to me. but they just have their reasons, aerodynamically, but the gap just looks huge. I just looked at images of some of the other 2013 cars and I don’t see one that has this much open space between the bodywork the rear wing. I guess we will see.

    • Kimi4WDC said on 19th February 2013, 9:46

      My thoughts exactly, all the best, looks like they on to something (continuing 2012 progress).

    • Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 19th February 2013, 10:50

      Hopefully their further refinement of their “invisible gearbox” will propel them up a bit.

    • I know I’m not on YouTube, but for the sake of keeping the joke alive, I’m sure Grosjean will try to fit a Lotus in there.

  3. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 19th February 2013, 7:48

    Williams seem to have launched half a car, it has no rear bodywork at all!

  4. Valentino (@valentino) said on 19th February 2013, 7:51

    Never seen a “navy blue” Ferrari before.

  5. Avenger said on 19th February 2013, 7:52

    looks similar to the F138.

  6. jh1806 (@jh1806) said on 19th February 2013, 7:58

    Looks like they’re continuing their super-low gearbox concept then. It’s barely even there!

  7. dragoll (@dragoll) said on 19th February 2013, 8:01

    The front wing looks surreal
    source: WilliamsF1.com

  8. NickTheGeek (@nickthegeek) said on 19th February 2013, 8:34

    are my eyes playing tricks on me but on the studio photo the front wing is miles ahead of the nose but on the others its not. That cannot be just angle surely?

  9. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 19th February 2013, 8:36

    Looks really good! Loving how aggressive and sleek the front half of the car looks. Let’s hope Maldonado can do more with it than utilizing it as the world’s most expensive battering ram.

  10. disjunto (@disjunto) said on 19th February 2013, 8:37

    Massive gap under the sidepods, massive gap at the back of the car.

    Wondering where they put everything :| Very impressed

  11. geekracer2000 (@geekracer2000) said on 19th February 2013, 8:45

    looks nice. Front resembles f138 rear is Williams since 2010.
    Front wheel nut looks massive and strange while rear is just regular one wonder why?

    • melkurion (@melkurion) said on 19th February 2013, 12:11

      @geekracer2000 It’s a cap on the wheelnut. to hide what’s underneath. early pictures from the car driving show there is a massive hole in the wheelnut that looks like an airchannel comming out of the hub….

  12. The FIA are going to have to re-think the size of an F1 car. Clearly they don’t need to be as long as they used to be. Lots of empty space.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 19th February 2013, 10:30

      I think the teams like them longer so they can get the gearbox as low and the engine+fuel tank+KERS more to the middle of the car

  13. gabal (@gabal) said on 19th February 2013, 8:50

    I have never before seen cameras being mounted on the inside of front wing pillars. I thought you had to place them on the outside.

  14. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 19th February 2013, 8:58

    really like this.. the headline picture looks like last years mclaren, before the nose drop. Really like the front end too! could this be a game changer for Williams!?

    • Ilanin (@ilanin) said on 19th February 2013, 9:06

      No. For Williams, that would have to come from the drivers. There was very little wrong with the car’s speed last year.

      • josephrobert (@josephrobert) said on 19th February 2013, 13:41

        I wish Lewis had gone to Williams. He is not going to be much faster than nico and he’s not going to be number1 like Alonso is at Ferrari. He left mclaren the team that have looked after him since the age of 13 to look for a faster team, and I dont think he’s going to find it at brackly.

        If he went to Williams in an attempt to bring Williams back to the front I honestly think he could have done it. It also would have looked respectful if it didnt work so well and he only came 4th or 5th. Last years car was fast, its just they had 1 fast inconstant hot head who should of been banned for ‘using a car as a weapon twice’ and one driver who was not up to f1 standards.

    • photozen (@photozen) said on 19th February 2013, 14:53

      it does looks the nose is like the McLaren’s, and not a cosmetic cover as other teams are using.

  15. Jarv F150 (@jarvf150) said on 19th February 2013, 9:07

    I think they left some of the rear end back at the factory, somebody is going to have to go fetch it.

  16. Jarred Walmsley (@jarred-walmsley) said on 19th February 2013, 9:23

    Well, this is certainly an interesting design choice, is there a minimum length of an F1 car?, I can’t think of any other reason why they would have such a massive gap, maybe they are trying for super cooling capabilities for the engine?

    Certainly one of the strangest looking F1 cars, i’ve ever seen.

    • Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 19th February 2013, 9:44

      You think William’s 2013 car is strange? You should cast your eyes over the last few decades and take a look at the ones with six wheels or a massive fan bolted on to it’s rear end.

    • melkurion (@melkurion) said on 19th February 2013, 12:13

      Any reason? Uhm…how about for getting as much air to the diffuser as possible…? That sounds like a good reason to me …

  17. Roald (@roald) said on 19th February 2013, 9:33

    Did they accidentally fit in next year’s V6 instead of the V8? How is it possible the rear is so small? I don’t know but this thing looks like it’s something else…

  18. Kimi4WDC said on 19th February 2013, 9:49

    PDSVA money put to a good use!!! Better than in the pocket full of holes!

  19. sumedh said on 19th February 2013, 9:52

    First they launch the car two weeks later than everyone else. And even now, they launch half a car! Where is the rear-end Williams?

    But yeah, I agree with the posters above, is there a minimum length for F1 cars? They could have made theirs shorter by atleast 15-20 cms by the looks of it. The driveshafts wouldn’t have such a steep angle then too!

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