Williams launch the FW34

Team principal hopes to usher in new era after staff reshuffle

Last Updated: 07/02/12 11:11am

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Sir Frank Williams hopes to bring "a truly fresh start" to Williams after the team unveiled the FW34 at Jerez on Monday.

In a winter filled with low-key launches, Williams merely wheeled their new challenger out of the garage at the Spanish circuit for a quick photograph opportunity.

It is the first car the Grove-based team have produced since former technical director Sam Michael departed to be replaced by new design guru Mike Coughlin.

Co-founder Patrick Head also stepped down at the end of last year and team principal Williams is confident the marque will be able to bounce back from a dismal 2011 season.

"The team has had a good winter at the factory and we feel ready and strong for the fight," Williams said.

Fresh start

He added: "One could say looking at the Williams F1 Team today we are off to a truly fresh start.

"We have a new car, new driver line-up, new engine and new senior personnel. We also have a number of new partners who have joined the team in the past few months.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome them formally and sincerely wish they have an enjoyable and, most importantly, a valuable experience with us."

Williams has a new engine supplier in Renault, teaming up with the French manufacturer who were pivotal to their championship-winning success throughout the 1990s.

And another one of Formula One's most famous names will be re-associated with the team after Bruno Senna, nephew of Ayrton, was signed to partner Pastor Maldonado.

"This is my ever first pre-season testing programme since I started in Formula One two years ago," Senna said.


"I'm really motivated and looking forward to working hard and with everyone in the team.

"I hope we have a successful month testing and developing the car so we arrive in Melbourne (for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix) as well prepared as possible."

Venezuela's Maldonado struggled in an uncompetitive car during his rookie season last year and will be keen to prove that has not just been retained due to the financial backing he brings.

Maldonado said: "I'm happy to be racing again with Williams. I have faith in the car and the Renault engine and so have high hopes for the races ahead.

"It will be very important we develop the car from the start of the season to the end. Now I have a year's experience, I can help in that area much more now."

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