Williams has confirmed that its new 2020 Formula 1 FW43 is a continuation from last year’s car.
The Grove-based team released images of its new FW43 early on Monday morning, before completing a shakedown test at Barcelona, with the car featuring a new livery for 2020.
Although the livery is considerably different to last year’s car, Williams has confirmed that they have not completely overhauled their car for 2020, and that the FW43 is a continuation from last year’s FW42.
Speaking about their new car, Williams Design Director, Doug McKiernan said: “The team at the factory have been working incredibly hard on the development of the car for the 2020 season.
“We have paid significant attention to understanding the problem areas of the FW42 and we have carefully chosen parts of the car to develop, those that would give us the most performance for the resources we have.
“The main concept behind the FW43 is that it is a continuous development of the FW42, with no fundamental concept changes to the layout.
“The most important indicator that we are on the right path will be the level of correlation we have between the tool kit we use to design the car and what the track data is telling us.”
Williams had a difficult season last year, ending 2019 with only a single point to its name after Robert Kubica took 10th place in the rain-soaked German Grand Prix, but the team believe they fully understand the issues they had with the FW42 and these have been addressed during the winter.
“There has been a healthy development rate in the wind tunnel, and we have found reasonable improvements in the cooling efficiency.” McKiernan added.
“The team has addressed the mechanical issues that affected it in 2019, these include the brakes and the overall weight of the car.
“We have made some good progress across these areas and will continue to focus on them during the season.”
Williams Chief Engineer, Adam Carter also added that the money saved on not completely overhauling the car has helped the team focus on optimising specific areas of the car, and that should really help improve performance.
“The decision to retain some of the core architecture of the FW42 means there has been less resource invested in developing new concepts, which in turn has rewarded the design team with greater bandwidth to optimise their work, evident in both packaging and component detail.” commented Carter.
“By preserving some key parameters, it has allowed for an uninterrupted development programme within Aerodynamics in order to maximise the efficiency of the resources.
“As we head towards the pre-season tests and then onto the race season, the most important measure will be the progress relative to our peers, along with our intention of continuing our recent record of reliability.
“Later this week, we will be looking at our single timed lap pace, our long run pace and the feedback from the drivers to understand where we are and what we do next.
“We have teams, both at the track and back at Grove, that will be delving into all aspects that define that lap time during the pre-season tests to ensure we are in the best possible place ahead of the first race in Australia.”