The Williams F1 Team unveiled its 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship season entry, the Williams Renault FW34, at the Jerez circuit in Spain today. This year marks the team’s 35th year competing in the sport which it will do with a revitalised line-up.
F1 FW34 Launch
The Williams F1 Team unveiled its 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship
season entry, the Williams Renault FW34, at the Jerez circuit in Spain
today. This year marks the team’s 35th year competing in the sport which it
will do with a revitalised line-up.
The mechanical and aerodynamic design and development direction of the FW34
has been driven by a new technical leadership. Guided by Technical Director
Mike Coughlan, this year’s car takes on a fresh design philosophy. Revised
FIA technical regulations - of which the most significant are bans on
exhaust blowing and exotic engine mapping and a drop in nose height, the
FW34 carries fewer than five per cent of the parts from last year’s FW33.
The team will also race with a new driver pairing in 2012 as Bruno Senna
partners Pastor Maldonado after a considered winter evaluation process. Finn
Valtteri Bottas completes the driver line up as Official Reserve Driver,
taking part in most of the season’s Friday practice sessions.
Williams rejoins Renault for its engine partnership. Williams and Renault
enjoyed a nine-year association between 1989 and 1997 which produced four
Drivers’ and five Constructors’ titles and 63 race wins. The French
manufacturer’s RS27 V8 power unit is renowned for its drivability,
flexibility and durability and will provide the FW34 with a strong
performance platform for the forthcoming season.
Powering the team’s efforts in this year’s championship will be a broad
partner group. Existing partners, including Petróleos de Venezuela S.A.
(PDVSA), Venezuelan Tourism, Randstad, Thomson Reuters, Ridge Solutions,
Hatch and McGregor will be joined by new additions confirmed today.
Gillette, Embratel, Head & Shoulders, OGX and MRV, together with Michael
Johnson Performance announced in January, will all be supporting the team as
it works towards a competitive season of Formula One motor racing.
Frank Williams, Team Principal:
“One could say that looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a
truly fresh start. We have a new car, new driver line up, new engine and new
senior personnel. We also have a number of new partners who have joined the
team in the past few months. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome
them formally and sincerely wish that they have an enjoyable and, most
importantly, a valuable experience with us. The team has had a good winter
at the factory and we feel ready and strong for the fight.”
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:
“We are really looking forward to this season and from a personal
perspective I can't wait to get the FW34 on to the race track. The factory
has worked extremely hard over the winter to ensure that the car met its
design, build and rig test targets and we start testing with the car
prepared to a high standard. We’ve worked in close co-operation with all of
our partners to achieve that, including Renault Sport F1. In the run-up to
Australia, we will be working hard with our exciting new driver line-up to
ensure that we maximise and unlock the full potential of the FW34. It is
imperative that we demonstrate a continuous improvement in our performance
and deliver results throughout the season.”
“I'm happy to be racing again with Williams. I have faith in the FW34 and
the Renault engine and so have high hopes for the races ahead. It will be
very important that we develop the car from the start of the season to the
end. Now that I have a year’s experience, I can help in that area much more
now. As we start a new year, it's an exciting moment for my country
Venezuela and I hope we can give them some good results to thank them for
their continued support. We have many new components in the team so we will
need to be focussed and work together well so that we may be stronger every
day. I wish everyone in the team the best for the year and welcome Renault
“I’m very excited to be back in action with the Williams F1 Team in Jerez.
This is my ever first pre-season testing programme since I started in
Formula One two years ago. I’m really motivated and looking forward to
working hard and with everyone in the team. I hope we have a successful
month testing and developing the car so we arrive in Melbourne as well
prepared as possible.”
“I am really excited about the year ahead and grateful to the team for
giving me this opportunity. I will be driving one practice session at 15
races which will give me some proper mileage with the car. This will give me
a better understanding of the car as well as an insight into what happens at
a race weekend. I will still spend a lot of time at the factory preparing
for the practice sessions and helping the team to develop the car over the
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