Williams has published the first images of its new car for the 2019 F1 season, the FW42.
The team issued pictures showing the car design on social media. Williams revealed its new livery and title sponsor Rokit at its factory earlier this week.
The FW42 was scheduled to run for the first time at a filming day tomorrow. However this was postponed due to the late completion of the first chassis. It is now expected to run for the first time in testing on Monday.
Robert Kubica and George Russel are the team’s drivers for the new season.
🎶 You spin me right round baby, right round…get your first look at the FW42! pic.twitter.com/UcqbQpEAgg
— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) February 15, 2019
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19 comments on “First pictures: Williams produces first images of 2019 car”
15th February 2019, 14:31
Isn’t that cgi?
15th February 2019, 14:38
At least with the bigger teams it’s not that noticeable it’s rendered, but that looks like something they did yesterday afternoon after they realised they’d forgotten to do one…!
15th February 2019, 14:43
I hope those images are hiding some bits and pieces because that doesn’t look to be anywhere near as complex or detailed a car as some of the other midfielders we have seen so far.
15th February 2019, 14:53
Going by the content of a few articles on Williams this off-season, I don’t expect a lot of improvement from them vs last year. They’re lacking resources, expertise, and reaction time. I do hope they have somehow found some things and have addressed them of course, but will not at all be surprised to still see them last. Sounds like every aspect of the team needs bolstering. Here’s hoping for a surprise, but I’ll not hold my breath.
15th February 2019, 14:44
Can’t tell why, but this one looks sad – seeing all top teams revealing they stuff, this one looks like car destined to be 10th in constructor’s for the whole season :(
Hope the outcome be different, though.
15th February 2019, 15:10
That was my first thought, too. Looks like the back marker of the bunch to me! Very basic.
Matt Jones (@mattj)
15th February 2019, 15:10
I know what you mean. I get the same feeling too. There’s no spark of excitement looking at this car. Williams is my team through and through but right now I feel like they’re on the downslope and I can’t see where the upslope is.
15th February 2019, 23:06
It’s been all downslope since Barrichello ran JPM off the road at the US Grand Prix in 2003 and JPM got a BS penalty for it to put him out of the championship. Followed up by the Walrus FW26 and there was no return.
15th February 2019, 14:52
A decent-looking car apart from the livery although it isn’t too bad, I still prefer the more traditional scheme.
15th February 2019, 14:57
I like it
15th February 2019, 15:12
Williams are 2 days behind, as is Mercedes are red bull. Sauber, Ferrari and torro rosso in their film day showed the way forward for front wing thinking, and creating aero outwash. I like the Williams livery, it reminds me of West mclaren just much lighter
15th February 2019, 15:56
This was my association too!
15th February 2019, 16:20
I think it’s a bit early to say who’s ahead or behind @kpcart
The Sauber/Ferrari front wings may suit their car but if the whole design concept is different then there’s nothing to say Mercedes and Redbull are behind at all.
let’s at least wait I until a few races before trying to decide a pecking order rather than launch spec cars and 3D renders.
15th February 2019, 21:59
Tom, I would agree that it seems to be extremely premature to be so confidently asserting that those teams are “showing the way forward” – it would also seem to be a bit peculiar if Toro Rosso, which is using parts from Red Bull, would want to go in a radically different direction to their parent team if it potentially caused problems with sharing parts.
At this stage, we do not know if those teams have taken the right approach with their cars, or if it turns out that their designs are in fact a dead end – given that those teams are potentially taking a divergent approach with their cars, you are right to note that a concept that one team might want to adopt might prove to be less attractive for another team. We know that some, for example, have perhaps sacrificed a little bit of agility at lower speed against increased stability at higher speed, or the balancing act between total downforce and lift to drag ratio – so what works for one outfit might not work with the philosophy of another.
At the very least, it would seem to make a lot more sense to see how the car performs on track and get some useful data to assess their performance before trying to assert who might be “showing the way forward”.
15th February 2019, 15:23
Williams will be better this year but there is no clear minnow team anymore, for that reason I think they will still be last, who can they beat? Torro Rosso will most likely be the only team on their radar, Mclaren will be better and every other team is out of reach. Sad times for a great team.
15th February 2019, 15:46
There is hope. Most of the 2019 cars look quite similar compared to cars of previous years. There seems to be a convergance happening, for most casual f1 fans, the cars all look almost identical like a spec series. This is when a star driver can make a difference. I predict kubica will put this car in positions people think it doesn’t belong.
Kevin Wong (@fongu)
15th February 2019, 16:25
Firstly, not great renders, but the livery looks better on the FW42 than in the dingy launch on the FW41.
If anything, Williams went to aggressive at their aero last year, and they couldn’t get it to work, so it’s better that they built up to that complexity by starting with a simpler base, much like Red Bulls progress in 2017.
There’s quite a big cape running underneath the nose though.
Mark Thomson (@melthom)
15th February 2019, 16:32
15th February 2019, 16:34
This looks like an FW41…
I genuinly hope that is because they solved the fundamental flaws of that car and they have got something that does at least work for now. the 2017 car was a simple one too and it at least scored regular points. But ultimately, I fear this is due to lack of recourses. Their colours, with all respect, look backmarker-ish -something unoffensive to slap any sponsor sticker you can find on- and their car looks underdevelloped
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