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Williams aims for steps forwards

Sir Frank Williams says he hopes to see his team make forward progress with the new FW35 after Spanish launch
Sir Frank Williams says he hopes the new FW35 will prove to be a step forward for his team after the new car was launched in Barcelona.

Williams became the eleventh, and final, team to launch its 2013 car ahead of the first day of testing at Catalunya, with Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas unveiling the car in the pit lane prior to the on-track action getting underway.

The Grove-based team goes into the new season eager to improve on its eighth place finish in the constructors championship last year while also targeting another trip to the top step of the podium after Maldonado's victory in Spain last year.

While he admitted that the team would have to wait until the season opener in Australia to really see where it lies, Williams said he felt confident about the season ahead and was confident his team was in good shape for 2013.

“A group of talented people with good imagination and plenty of courage have been working together to build the Williams Renault FW35,” he said. “We will have to wait until Australia to truly see what we have, but we believe it is step forward from last year's car which was also a very competitive vehicle. Pastor is a delightful character who is a massively determined racer, whilst Valtteri is quieter but still waters run deep and he is a highly gifted driver.

“Williams has been at the top many times over the last 30 years. It's the nature of the sport to have ups and downs, but when we are down we always fight our way back. I'm hoping that with the current team we have in place, our new FW35, the combined talent of Pastor, Valtteri and Susie [Wolff], and the continued support from our partners; we will be in a position to challenge the very best.”




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