Williams showcase dark blue livery at FW44 launch

Michelle Foster
Williams FW44 livery. February 2022.

The livery of the Williams FW44 car. February 2022.

Williams haven’t given fans a rendering of their FW44 but nor did they show off the real car at their season launch.

This year’s launch season is fast becoming the year of the picture with the majority of the teams keen to keep their secrets hidden, although some – such as Williams – are being a bit more bold, but only a bit more.

The team took the covers off the FW44 in an online launch attended by new signing Alex Albon and his team-mate Nicholas Latifi.

The car, however, was more in line with a show car than the Williams that will hit the track come the first run in Spain next week.

In an interesting juxtaposition, while the 2022 car is a lot darker, the FW44’s livery is a dark blue with red and light blue accents, Williams’ future is potentially a lot brighter.

After three seasons at the very bottom of the Constructors’ standings, Williams bounced up to eighth place last season even bagging a podium finish at the Belgian Grand Prix, although that was a result based on qualifying and not a proper race.

But those nine points went a long way towards helping Williams achieve their best finish since 2017.

“It was a great season for us, especially the step from 2020 to 2021,” said Williams CEO Jost Capito.

“This result, the points and the podium, gave a boost to the entire team. I hope that this boost will show up in the performance of the FW44 this year.”

This season the team is pinning its hopes on Formula 1’s new technical regulations.

The cars are completely different to last season’s, even the design philosophy has changed with Formula 1 moving away from over-car airflow to ground effect aerodynamics.

That coupled with the budget cap has the nine-times Constructors’ champions dreaming of a brighter future.

“The regulations are really new, the whole aerodynamic concept is different,” said Capito.

“It should allow the cars to race closer but we will see. The theory is one thing and the reality has to prove that the theory is right.”

Speaking about the Williams car, he added: “A real beauty and if it is as fast as it looks we’ll be very, very good.”

The team has a new driver this season, Albon signed as Latifi team-mate following Russell’s move to Mercedes.

Albon is back on the grid this season having spent 2021 as Red Bull’s reserve driver while for Latifi this will be his third season with the Grove team.

Williams meanwhile announced a new multi-year partnership with battery manufacturer Duracell, the branding featuring prominently on the cars as well as the team’s kit.

“I am so proud of this partnership between Williams and Duracell, and I am grateful for the trust and confidence they have put in us,” said Capito.

 

“Having their name on the side of our car is a personal highlight for me, as my nickname for 30 years has been Duracell – because I never run out of energy. I am very much looking forward to our work together.”

 

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