Williams has released the first images of its new car, the FW44, on track during a filming day at Silverstone.
The British team debuted their new livery on a show car on Tuesday afternoon before releasing the first images of the actual car later in the day.
The FW44 was due to hit the track at 2pm in the UK, an hour after the team’s livery launch event took place online.
Photos from Silverstone showed Nicholas Latifi at the wheel of the FW44 in wet conditions, driving a car that was clearly a significant departure from the show car used in livery images earlier today.
The FW44 seems to be another new version of the 2022 technical regulations, which are written to improve the chances of overtaking.
The Williams features a different nose and sidepod design to the Aston Martin and McLaren cars launched last week, as well as contrasting suspension setups to the McLaren.
Alex Albon, who joins the team after a year’s absence from F1 as Red Bull reserve driver, and Latifi, who is entering his third season with the team, were present at the launch and shakedown with the boss. Jost Capito team.
The new livery is predominantly dark blue with light blue and red accents. Capito said the red stripes on the livery represent the team’s British past, while blue, which has long been Williams’ traditional color, represents the team’s history.
“During its history as an iconic Formula 1 team, Williams Racing has shown great strength and sophistication,” Capito said. “The new visual identity of the 2022 car perfectly encapsulates these characteristics that staff, drivers and fans have demonstrated time and time again.
“As we enter the new era of our sport, the FW44 highlights the transition to the future, while recognizing the timeless qualities that make us who we are.
“Last season we were delighted and proud to make such significant progress as a team, with a number of well-deserved results in addition to a podium finish.
“Looking forward, we want to build on that success, and the FW44 perfectly embodies those ambitions to get back to the front of the grid. I look forward to seeing that progression with Nicholas and Alex at the helm.”