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

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. Jarv F150 (@jarvf150) said on 19th February 2013, 9:54

    Why the difference in the wheel hubs?

  6. soundscape (@soundscape) said on 19th February 2013, 9:58

    That front wing is ridonkulous.

  7. That front looks super aggressive, the nose is almost horizontal from the leading edge back, looks good.

  8. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 19th February 2013, 10:02

    A small part of me is going to be supporting Williams in general and Valtteri Bottas in particular this year, if only because Bottas is carrying the number 17, which is my lucky number. When I was growing up, yellow was my favourite colour (it still is). And at the time, Australian touring car driver Dick Johnson used to race a yellow car, so I naturally supported him. Johnson had famously carried the number 17 since he entered touring cars full-time, and his team, Dick Johnson Racing, still use it today. Hence, the number 17 became my lucky number, because it was on a yellow car. Which is why I have a bit of a soft spot for any driver carrying the number 17 on his or her car.

  9. Roald (@roald) said on 19th February 2013, 10:22


    Wow… can’t believe we’ll see it racing in this state this season, the back looks like it’s completely unfinished!

  10. Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 19th February 2013, 10:55

    Everyone is talking about the rear end not being there. But the important thing is that the front end is there, because that’s the side of the car Maldonado usually crashes into people/things with.

  11. The rear looks very bare, but it’s the front I have to get used to. It looks as if the nosecone is barely in front of the wing and the color scheme further aids that perception I think. Have to get used to this one!

  12. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 19th February 2013, 11:19

    reminds me of the ferrari, and with flashes of speed last year..a more experienced maldonado, a promising Bottas who i have high hopes for, williams could be very interesting to watch this year. I think the only thing making this team look weaker is susie wolff.

  13. Calum (@calum) said on 19th February 2013, 12:08

    My favourite design feature is the stubby nose – that will let Pastor just bounce off barriers, walls, and other cars!!

  14. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 19th February 2013, 12:20

    Update from Williams.

    “Yeah, we know a lot of people are talking about the stubby front end. We had to design it from Titanium, steel and Granite so when Maldonando wants to have a little crash with erm… everyone, it means we don’t have repair it. We just hose him off and send him back onto the race track”

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