February 19, 2013
Well, nothing too out of the ordinary here at the nose view. It's a high nose, the highest of them all in fact, but that's probably an effect of the modesty panel. Williams claims that the FW35 is "80% new" from last year's car, to which I reply, "Sure. Why not?"
Very low cut sidepods, designed to handle a new exhaust system... in fact, pretty much the same one Caterham is using. Oh, and the one the FIA is probably going to rule illegal. Whoopsie! One clever thing the team will get away with is "blown wheel nuts." Near as I can tell, air comes in via the brake ducts, flows through a hollow axle, and out holes flush with the wheel nuts. This air fills in the vacuum around the center of the tire, which improves the aerodynamics. Red Bull tried this same trick last year, but theirs was banned because it extended past the wheel nut. Who knows? I didn't hear about it! I love the shape of the nose/front wing struts on this car; very almost art-deco-y.
All in all, it's a workmanlike car for a blue-collar team (if anything in F1 can be called "blue-collar"). Will it win? That's the question. The team is on the wrong foot by missing the first test session, but if that extra few weeks was needed badly enough for whatever reason, then it had to be done. I for one hope Williams is on the ascendance again. We shall see in just a few weeks!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 19, 2013 11:20 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 20, 2013 07:28 AM (plIxv)
Posted by: Tom Tjarks at February 20, 2013 11:10 AM (T5fuR)
Because they seem to be the only team that cares about the audience more than absolutely required by the regs, they're my midfield team, even if they're slower than Caterham. Pity they missed the first round of testing, though.
Tom Tjarks - I'm guessing that this is production front spoiler, where the rest were "placeholders". That being one of the sections they can modify after homologation, why give the other teams your ideas? Could be wrong, but let's see what gets shown in Melbourne.
Posted by: Mycroft W at February 20, 2013 11:24 AM (Z484j)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 20, 2013 07:17 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at February 20, 2013 08:41 PM (plIxv)
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