Williams have become the latest team to launch their Formula 1 car for the 2022 season with the reveal of the FW44.
The cars, to be driven by Nicholas Latifi and former Red Bull driver Alex Albon for the new rules, swaps out the white used in the previous two cars for an all-blue design with hints of red in a nod to title sponsor Lavazza.
The British outfit came eighth in the 2021 Contructors Championship ahead of Alfa Romeo and Haas, but will be looking to better that result this year with the new set of rules offering hopes for a revitalised performance from one the sport’s most storied names
Check out the first pictures of the FW44 below.
Still lacking something
“Compared to the top teams, we still were lacking,” Williams CEO and team principal Jost Capito said. “We didn’t have investment before the last year, and over the last year investment was limited by the cost cap.
“Progress will be [measured by] how we can improve compared to competition through the season, wherever we start the season.
“Over its history as an iconic Formula 1 team, Williams Racing has shown great strength and sophistication,”.
“The new visual identity of the 2022 car perfectly encapsulates these characteristics that the staff, drivers and fans have demonstrated time and time again. As we move into the new era of our sport, the FW44 highlights the transition to the future, as well as acknowledging the timeless qualities that make us who we are.
“Last season we were thrilled and proud to make such strong advancements as a team, with a number of well-earned points-scoring results in addition to a podium. Looking forward, we want to build on this success, and the FW44 perfectly embodies these ambitions to return to the front of the grid.
“I look forward to witnessing this progression with Nicholas and Alex at the helm.”
New Williams livery
With the new livery being showcased, both Williams drivers were happy with the updated look.
“I’m a fan of the new livery,” Latifi said.
“Keeping the blue was important as it’s synonymous with Williams, but it’s a pattern we’ve not seen before and the fluorescent red will pop on track which I really like. It’s a fresh new look to start off the new era of F1.”
Meanwhile, Albon revealed his excitement about getting the new car on track: “The FW44 livery is clean and simple. I like that we’ve gone for more blue with the dynamic diamond finish and a little bit of red; it looks really good and I’m looking forward to seeing it out on track.”