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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:2015
Engine type:Hybrid
Predecessor:Williams FW36 Mercedes
Successor:Williams FW38 Mercedes
Source:Company press release
Last updated:February 01, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has revealed the first images of its 2015 car, the Williams Mercedes FW37. Following on from a successful season in 2014 Williams hopes the FW37 can continue the positive momentum into another competitive season of racing.

'The notion for the FW37 was to look closely at the FW36 and its performances,' says WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds. 'We then went about recognising what had worked well and identifying and resolving the areas that we felt needed to be improved. Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations '

The design of the FW37 has stemmed from the performance of the FW36 but the conceptual ideas came long before the 2014 successes.

'The first conceptual stage of the FW37 came before the FW36 had turned a wheel. The main element to this is understanding the rule changes and how they will affect the design of the car, from here we can start see if our ideas will fit within the regulations.'

The performance of the FW36 in 2014 saw the team move forward from ninth in the Constructors' Championship to third, obtaining nine podiums throughout the season and a front row lockout at the Austrian Grand Prix.

'The desire to beat Ferrari to third place in the Constructors' in 2014 meant we pushed our development through to late autumn, but the size of the team is now at a point where it was able to sustain this development whilst still working on the FW37.'

With the regulations relatively stable from 2014 the team went about developing the FW36 with the additional changes necessary to meet the 2015 rules.

'We felt we came up against design barriers in the FW36 and so took the opportunity to remove those barriers for the benefit of the performance. The FW36 carried a reasonable amount of ballast, so we were able to make alterations to the design for added performance without the fear of adding excessive mass.'

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