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Williams Martini reveals FW41
Williams Martini Racing has revealed a first look of its 2018 Formula One challenger, the Williams Mercedes FW41, at the team’s season launch in London this evening. The FW41 looks significantly different to its predecessor the FW40. Speaking ahead of the 2018 season, Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said: “I am thrilled to be back and launching our new car, for a new season, with a new, exciting driver line-up. (Additional images)
Williams 2018 season launch just a day away
Tomorrow, 15th February, will see the Williams Martini team launch their 2018 season at an event in London. As to whether this will be a launch of the teams 2018 challenger the FW41 or simply a launch of the 2018 livery seems to be a point of discussion with various F1 web sites having it as a launch of the FW41 while formula1.com has it only as a launch of the 2018 livery. Either way it will see the Williams team start what will hopefully be a positive season for them.
Williams Martini Confirms Sirotkin for 2018
Williams Martini Racing announced that Sergey Sirotkin will partner Lance Stroll in the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. The 22-year-old Russian impressed the team with his performance at the Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test where he drove the FW40 for the first time, and will make his Formula One race debut at the 2018 Australian Grand Prix.
2018 Williams to be more aggressive
With the start of the 2018 Formula One season only a few months away discussions are moving to the 2018 cars. In particular comments have come from ex Williams driver Felipe Massa in regard to the 2018 Williams car. Felipe has spoken as to the car been more aggressive and looks a lot different than the 2017 Williams. On the driver front reports still have Russian Sergey Sirotkin in the 2018 Williams.
Williams Martini 2017 Season Review
Well it's that time to look back at the Williams Martini teams 2017 season, a difficult and ultimately disappointing one. The team would finish in fifth place in the Constructors having dropped from third. It was a year that saw not only the 2017 FW40 fail to deliver but overall neither team driver, Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll, would have a season that really would be remembered. The only real highlight was the third placed finish from Stroll in Azerbaijan combined with his second place qualifying in Italy. Apart from that the Williams team really failed to deliver and this showed in that their main midfield rival Force India would finish their 2017 well ahead.
Abu Dhabi GP: Single point for Massa in his last race
The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix would see the Williams Martini team come away with a single point courtesy of a 10th places finish from Felipe Massa. A great result for Felipe was his Formula One career comes to an end. For team-mate Lance Stroll his race was far more difficult not been able to get the best from his car and been forced to pit three times. Williams would be able to finish their season in fifth in the Constructors championship after what was overall a difficult season. Felipe would come on his radio and thank his team and would complete some donuts in his FW40 to celebrate his career in Formula One.
Abu Dhabi GP: Massa 10th for Williams Martini in qualifying
Qualifying for the 2017 Abu Dahbi GP would see the Williams Martini team achieve a 10th place from Felipe Massa. Team-mate Lance Stroll would only manage 15th in what was a difficult session for the rookie. But for Felipe this result was a fantastic way for the Brazilian to see out his last Formula One qualifying. For the Williams team to get one car into the final period of qualifying was a great result but it will now come down to Sunday's race looking to finish 2017 in 5th position.
Abu Dhabi GP: Mixed FP3 for Williams Martini
The final practice session for the Williams Martini team would again see neither driver make it into the top ten. Felipe would be in 11th while team-mate Lance Stroll was well down the order in 17th. Lance was a massive 1.2 seconds off Felipe's time as he continued to make basic mistakes. If he had not have run wide on his simulation lap he would have finished much higher. For Fellipe his time was the smallest fraction outside a top ten time so the final period of qualifying is a possibility.
Abu Dhabi GP: Little improvement for Williams Martini in FP2
The second Friday practice session for the Williams Martini team saw little improvement from either driver with both finishing outside the top ten. Felipe Massa would finish in 11th and Lance Stroll 14th. It was still a productive session with both drivers able to complete longer runs on both the super and ultra soft tyre. Now it will come down to whether they can achieve any improvement overnight.
Abu Dhabi GP: Encouraging FP1 for Williams Martini
The opening Friday practice session for the 2017 Abu Dhabi GP would see the Williams Martini team finish in 9th and 13th. Felipe Massa would lead his team-mate Lance Stroll in the times in what was a productive session for the Williams team as they worked through their programme for the session. Both drivers would set their tiumes on the ultra soft tyre.
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