ROKiT Williams Racing has pulled the covers off its new-look FW43 as it targets a recovery in 2020 following a painful previous season in Formula 1.

Following delays in completing its 2019 F1 car and subsequently missing the opening two-and-a-half days of pre-season testing, Williams never truly recovered as it remained off the pace throughout the season to finish last in the F1 world constructors’ championship.

The poor start to 2019 saw technical head Paddy Lowe leave Williams, with the team bringing in David Worner from Red Bull as chief designer and Jonathan Carter from Renault as his deputy chief designer at the start of this year.

Looking for a fresh start this season, Williams has also altered its driver line-up with Formula 2 runner-up Nicholas Latifi set to make his F1 debut alongside the retained George Russell.

The FW43 also sports a new colour scheme of white, red and blue to incorporate title sponsor ROKiT, while the team has also retained Mercedes power units for this season.

Williams scored just a single point in a difficult 2019 F1 season, coming from Robert Kubica’s 10th place at the hectic German Grand Prix, to mark the Grove-based team’s worst campaign in the sport.

The British team becomes the penultimate F1 squad to reveal at least part of its 2020 line-up, with only Racing Point remaining with its team launch set to take place in Austria later today. Both Haas and Alfa Romeo will officially launch its 2020 cars on the opening morning of pre-season testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 19.

 

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