Team boss Frank Williams has heralded the launch of the new FW34 as a 'fresh start' for the Williams F1 team as it looks to bounce back from a disastrous 2011 campaign.
The Grove-based team managed just five points last year in what was the worst season in its history, with the focus firmly on ensuring there is no repeat of that performance this time around.
The departure of Sam Michael last season means the new FW34 has been designed by a Williams' new-look technical team headed by Mike Coughlan and Mark Gillan, while the car also features a Renault engine after the team swapped suppliers from Cosworth during the off-season.
Eager to put 2011 in the past, Williams admitted that the new season heralded a new start for his team – which is 'strong for the fight' that lies ahead.
“One could say that looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a truly fresh start,” he said. “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.”
Having worked hard on the development of the car over the winter, chief operations engineer Gillan said he was eager to see what the FW34 can do on track and said it was vital that the team continued to make improvements to the package as the season goes on.
“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,” he said. “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.”