Williams Racing has unveiled its new Formula One car, the FW45, ahead of its first public outing at Silverstone. The team had previously conducted a livery launch to showcase its revised paint scheme and new sponsor portfolio. The car, which features a blue and black scheme, is an evolution of last year’s FW44, which managed to accumulate eight points in the hands of drivers Alex Albon, Nicholas Latifi, and Nyck de Vries.
The FW45 features a number of notable differences over its predecessor, including a revised nose and front wing assembly, with a new nose design extending down to the first element, similar in form to the geometry used by Haas and AlphaTauri last season. The team has also redeveloped its sidepod package, featuring an extended undercut below the cooling inlets and an upper channel at the aft section, borrowing design cues from both Red Bull and Ferrari to strive for greater aerodynamic performance.
Head of vehicle performance, Dave Robson, said that the car is an “evolution” of last year’s model, with the regulation changes around the floor and an update to the sidepod package being the most obvious changes. Williams hopes to improve its performance on circuits that require more downforce, as it struggled to contend with circuits like Monaco and Hungary in 2022.
Returning driver, Alex Albon, will shake down the car first, with rookie driver Logan Sargeant set to take up the reins later on. The Williams team is hoping that the FW45 will help them climb off the bottom of the constructors’ championship order.