Williams launches FW35 in Barcelona
19 February 2013 – Williams pulled the covers off its latest challenger, entitled the FW35, at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday morning. Regular drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were both present for the short launch presentation in front of the gathered media, an event which directly preceded the start of the second pre-season test.
According to the Grove-based squad, the FW35 is '80 percent new', with significant changes being made from front to rear. A modified front wing sets the tone for neatly cut sidepods and a more compact rear end. In addition, the outfit is attempting to take full advantage of the Coandă effect with the help of engine suppliers Renault.
"Given the rule stability over the winter, I’m pleased with the gains that we’ve been able to make with this car," Williams Technical Director Mike Coughlan, who joined the team back in 2011, said of the new FW35 chassis. "It’s a better, more refined Formula 1 car than the FW34 and I think everyone involved in the project can feel proud of the work they’ve done.
"The Coandă effect is going to be a big thing for us. There’s been no rule clarification concerning this area of the car, so we’ll work closely with Renault to maximise the available gains. Use of the DRS is more restricted this year, so we’ll take some resource away from that and focus on other areas."
Maldonado will debut the FW35 today, before handing over to Bottas on Wednesday. The duo will split the morning and afternoon sessions for the rest of the week.
Williams FW35 presentation video