Valtteri Bottas promoted to team driver for the season
The Williams F1 Team launched its 2013 race car the FW35, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, giving them enough time for testing before the Australian Grand Prix commences this March. The latest race car from Williams, although relatively an evolution of 2012's car, more than 80% of its parts are new like the gearbox, rear suspension, radiators, flooring, exhausts, and bodywork.
“I’m pleased with the gains that we’ve been able to make with this car. It’s a better, more refined Formula One car than the FW34 and I think everyone involved in the project can feel proud of the work they’ve done.” says Williams Technical Director Mike Coughlan
Together with the unveiling, team drivers Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas were also introduced with the race car. This will be the Maldonado's third season with the team while Bottas has been recently promoted as a race driver for the team this season both of them will be helping with the ongoing development of the car from which an aerodynamic upgrade is expected before the first race begins.
“The Coanda effect is going to be a big thing for us,” Coughlan says. “There’s been no rule clarification concerning this area of the car, so we’ll work closely with Renault to maximize 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.”