Williams unveils the FW34, its 2012 Formula 1 car
|Tuesday, February 7th 2012, 07:52 GMT|
Williams became the latest team to launch its 2012 Formula 1 car when it unveiled the FW34 in the Jerez pitlane just before the start of the opening pre-season test on Tuesday.
The FW34 is the first Williams to be produced since the major change of technical line-up at the team, which saw erstwhile technical director Sam Michael head for McLaren and co-founder Patrick Head step away from the F1 side of the operation. Mike Coughlan now leads the technical side of the operation.
The new car also sees the reunion of the multiple championship winning Williams-Renault partnership, as the Grove team switches from its previous Cosworth V8s to the engine that powered Red Bull to the last two titles.
On the driver side, Rubens Barrichello has been replaced by Bruno Senna, while Pastor Maldonado stays on and test driver Valtteri Bottas gets an enhanced role that will include some Friday practice mileage.
Williams is hoping that the FW34 will revive its fortunes after an awful 2011 campaign that saw it score just five points and finish ninth in the constructors' standings - the worst ever result for the team's current incarnation.