Williams Racing has presented its latest car, the Bolid FW45, ahead of the upcoming Formula 1 season. The team has made several improvements to the car, with the aim of securing better results than in the previous season and making progress on the grid.
Improved Aerodynamics and Engine Cooling
The design changes include modifications to the side pods to increase engine cooling efficiency and a slight elevation of the car to adhere to FIA safety regulations. The front suspension and main outer aerodynamic surfaces have also been altered, with the hope of improving aerodynamics, downforce, and handling.
The Bolid FW45 is decorated with a matte paint finish and features an air intake with Duracell branding, reminiscent of a battery.
New Partners and Team Changes
In addition to the upgrades to the car, Williams has acquired new partners, including Gulf Oil, Stephens, Michelab ULTRA, and PureStream, which are expected to significantly contribute to the development fund during the season.
Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant have been named as drivers for the team, and James Vowles will take on the role of team manager.
Testing and Excitement Ahead of the Season
The Bolid FW45 will undergo its first shakedown at Silverstone on February 13, with drivers Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant putting the car through its paces.
The team will then participate in pre-season testing in Bahrain later this month. "I'm really excited to be starting back for another year with the team," said Albon. "The team has worked really hard last year and over the winter to address some key areas in our car, putting in the work to try and maximize what we get out of the car for 2023, so I'm looking forward to seeing what the FW45 can do." Sargeant added, "I'm really excited for the season to get started after what, for me, feels like a long winter!
I'm super motivated and we've put a lot of hard work in. The car is looking amazing and it shows the huge effort the team has put in the off season, so I'm looking forward to getting started at Silverstone before heading out to Bahrain."