The covers on F1 2017 have finally been broken, as Williams have revealed their FW40 today online.
The CGI render shows shows off how much wider the cars are this year, along with the newly redesigned front and rear ends. This is also the first proper look at how the new tyres will look on a 2017 car, despite Ferrari and Red Bull testing mule cars last year.
The team have also adopted a ‘shark fin’ engine cover, which is a design trend that is set to come back in 2017 to help with rear-end downforce. Although they have stayed with a ‘stubbed’ nosecone, along with their fairly elegant Martini livery design.
Both Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll will be peddling the car this year, with Paddy Lowe set to join the team from Mercedes next month before the first race in Melbourne. Dirk De Beer is also set to join the team as head of aerodynamics on 1st March, joining from Ferrari where he was chief aerodynamicist.