Williams released the first photos online of their 2016 challenger on Thursday morning, ahead of the pre-season tests.
For the third consecutive season, the British outfit will be sporting the iconic red, white and blue livery across the car, as well as a similar, short, stubbed nose. With the team finishing third in the constructors championship in both 2014 and 2015, they will be looking to take the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari in 2016.
Speaking about the new FW38 Sir Frank Williams, Founder and Team Principal, said; “Williams has started to cement our position back amongst the front running teams after finishing third in the Championship in the past two seasons.
“We have a very stable team going into 2016,” he continued, “with Felipe and Valtteri teaming up for a third successive season. Our technical team has also remained very consistent which will be to our advantage and we have some of the best engineering minds on the grid at our disposal.”
The team has made no changes to it’s lineup, retaining both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa for 2016, the former who enters his fourth season with the team, both remain upbeat about their 2016 chances.
“This is always a really interesting and exciting time of the year because we have a new car and we can’t wait to get it out on track to see how it feels and how fast it is. It’s been a good winter and from what I’ve seen we seem to be headed in a good direction with this car,” reveals Bottas.
“As a team we need to be able to win races, which is what we are always trying to do. I’m sure we have made improvements everywhere as a team, so we’re definitely looking to fight for better results this year. I’d like to thank everyone at the factory for their hard work over the winter in getting the car ready.”
And equally upbeat Felipe Massa said: “Securing third in the Constructors’ Championship for two consecutive years is a great achievement and one that comes with a lot of expectation – a momentum which I am excited to build on going into the new season.
“The team at the factory have worked really hard on the new car and we have spent a lot of time understanding where we need to improve. I have a lot of confidence in the team at Williams and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the FW38 to see how it performs.”
While the new challenger may bear a stark resemblance to last years FW37, there are a number of subtle differences to be noted. The sidepods appear to be the biggest visible difference int he images released, with a slightly more rounded intake, as well as additional aero detailing along the top.
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) February 19, 2016