The first of several articles this evening is an analysis of yesterday’s main event – The online reveal of the FW36, which answered many of the questions still remaining after Force India’s canny launch. The FW36 features the anticipated nose structure, in compliance with the lower chassis height requirements this season, which seems to have been dubbed the ‘anteater nose,’ . Meanwhile, the images show a rather peculiar rear wing structure which is certainly not what was expected.
|The Williams FW36, featuring the aesthetically questionable ‘anteater’ nose.
(c) Williams F1 Team
Right On The Nose
Can Mercedes Power Williams To Success?
The FW36 will use a Mercedes powertrain, billed to be the best powertrain available in 2014. This is yet to be seen, however, it should be a strong partnership. “This is the first time that Williams has worked with Mercedes in F1 and we’ve been very impressed,” stated the Williams Technical Director Pat Symonds. The partnership with Mercedes is just one of many factors which has convinced many analysts that Williams could be a stronger force this season. Progress from a dire 2013 campaign in an essential, yet it is highly likely that the team could find themselves amongst Formula One’s front runners, (or certainly back to the front of the midfield at least. The signing of Pat Symonds should not be underestimated, especially in such a transitional season. Pat is an experienced head, who has endured significant rule changes, before both the 1994 season (when he guided Michael Schumacher to his maiden title at Benetton) and 2009.
Moreover, Felipe Massa’s guidance regarding the development of the car will make him an integral part of the team. Feedback will be crucial this season and it could be argued that this is why teams like Caterham and Toro Rosso have been less inclined to take on two rookie drivers.
Similarly to the Force India, we will gain a better understanding of how the technical changes will work following the first test in Jerez. With teams heading in different development directions and getting different wind-tunnel results, it could be a very interesting first test.