Williams F1 team reveals 2015 car

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Williams 2015 F1 car
Williams Martini Racing

Most improved: This is the accolade that the Williams F1 team ended last season with, after finishing in third position in the constructors' championship – up from ninth the year before. Riding on this wave of success, the team is now the first manufacturer to reveal its 2015 car ahead of the upcoming season, which starts in March with the Australian GP.

Thanks to its dramatic rise up the tables, the British team is hoping to become a championship contender for the new season and continues with the turbocharged Mercedes hybrid engine, which dominated the top half of the constructors' championship table last year. The new car gains a flowing, organic shape and a slick white, blue and red, Martini-branded paint-job.

Talking about his team's success last season, Williams owner Frank Williams told BBC Sport: "The team had a fantastic season last year. We are aiming to replicate this development over the winter and to start the 2015 season in a strong position.

Williams Martini Racing
Williams Martini Racing


"Everybody has worked tirelessly to continue that climb up the grid. After a very strong first year with Mercedes we are looking to further develop the relationship as we look for more podiums in 2015."

Despite the team's significant jump up the tables last year, Williams chief technical officer, Pat Symonds, realises the scale of the challenge: "The difficulty of moving the team up the rankings should never be underestimated", adding that the team has puts its efforts into "consolidation and incremental improvement", reports the BBC.

Though it may not look that different to last year's car, the similar bodywork shrouds a raft of improvements. Following changes to the rules – which now forbid the use of 'anteater' nose pieces, due to safety issues – the car has received a nose job, with a smaller front end. A number of parts initially engineering to be as light as possible, have also been redesigned for better performance, with the team reducing the amount of ballast used to bring the lightweight racer up to the minimum weight level.