Formula 1: Williams FW43B Williams starts a new era with a breakdown

Williams starts a new era with a breakdown

Williams today unveiled the first Formula 1 racing car of the new era after the Williams family left.

D.he new era of the Williams team began with a breakdown. Actually, the British wanted to present their new FW43B virtually in an augmented reality app. But the app was hacked, and the first pictures were already on the web yesterday evening. Williams then deleted the app and canceled the presentation.

It should be the first step into a new future for the traditional team, which Williams symbolizes with a completely new paint job: only the nose and parts of the front wing are still white, the rest is blue. “We wanted to do something completely different, but borrowing the colors of earlier, successful Williams racing cars. We want to move forward again, and we are currently laying the foundations for this, ”says Managing Director Jost Capito.

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The past successes seem like relics from the past: The last of seven drivers’ titles was already 24 years ago (Jacques Villeneuve 1997), the last of 114 victories already nine years (Pastor Maldonado at the Spanish GP 2012).
The new reality for Williams looks like this: After 2018 and 2019, the Grove team was also last in the table in 2020. Never in the history of Formula 1 has a team finished last in the constructors’ championship for three consecutive years. For the first time in team history, Williams remained pointless in 2020. George Russell was on the verge of scoring points at the Imola Grand Prix, but then the Brit crashed behind the safety car.

New Williams owners, new team structure

Williams starts a new era with a breakdown

This is what the new Williams FW43B will look like for the 2021 Formula 1 season.

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In addition, there were financial bottlenecks that have not been reduced by the corona pandemic. For the Williams family it was therefore clear in the summer: The ripcord had to be pulled. Team founder Frank Williams and the vice-team boss, his daughter Claire Williams, have resigned and sold the racing team to Dorilton Capital – a US investment conglomerate with ties to the British royal family.

The new team leadership is spread over three shoulders: Team boss is Simon Roberts, managing director is ex-VW motorsport boss Jost Capito. Jenson Button is also on board as a consultant. The 2009 world champion began his Formula 1 career for Williams in 2000 and now brings his experience of 306 grands prix and 15 victories to the table. In addition, he is now the owner of his own racing team, which is part of the DTM and Extreme E.

Button about his new challenge: “It’s very nice to be back at Williams. This team has changed my life, it feels a little like coming home. I’m looking forward to doing my part to make Williams more competitive again. “

Race pace has to get better

George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will remain on the team as drivers. Latifi and his very rich father Michael help finance the racing team. Russell has proven that he is a potential winning driver when he served as a Mercedes replacement for Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain 2020. Test drivers will remain Jack Aitken, Roy Nissany and Jamie Chadwick.

Williams’ goal must be to get away from the bottom of the table. The chances of this are not bad. The Haas team in particular could be within reach.

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For this, however, the Williams-Mercedes FW43B must eradicate the weaknesses of 2020. In general, the qualifying performance of Williams was strong, the race pace less.

Formula 1 on TV

Formula 1 will run at Sky in 2021. The station is setting up its own TV station for the new era: Sky Formula 1. Here there is motorsport 24 hours a day. All training sessions, all qualifying sessions, all races always live and without commercial breaks. Sky also broadcasts the Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races. The program also includes historical races and special programs. You can find more information here

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