Williams FW35 launch: First pictures

2013 F1 carsPosted on Author Keith Collantine

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”

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

      1. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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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