Williams has released the first image of its 2014 car ahead of its official launch at the start of testing next week.

The rendered image of the FW36 was first shown on the cover of F1 Racing magazine before the team posted an image on Twitter. Williams is the first team to display its solution for the nose of the car, which is only displayed in its testing livery.

Williams technical director Pat Symonds said the team has high targets for 2014 and that he had been encouraged by how well the car has come together so far.

"I'm confident that we'll be closer to the front aerodynamically than we were last year," Symonds said. "Our ambition for the year ahead is to have a strong 2014 season.

"The build of the new car has gone remarkably smoothly. But it's been a challenge to get the car down to the weight limit. It's been achievable, but it hasn't been easy because the new power unit is heavier than the outgoing V8."

And Symonds also had praise for Mercedes as Williams switches from Renault engines in 2014.

"This is the first time that Williams has worked with Mercedes in F1 and we've been very impressed. Their professionalism and commitment have been notable and we're as confident as we can be that the power unit will be competitive."

The FW36 will be driven by Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa this season, with Williams becoming the second team to release an image of its 2014 design after Force India on Wednesday.

The car will run in the dark blue test livery in Jerez and Bahrain before the race livery is launched before Melbourne, while Martini is expected to be announced as one of the team's sponsors.



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