NEW CARS FOR 2015: Drivers Sergio Perez (right) and Nico Hulkenberg present Force India's 2015 car at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, Mexico. Image: AP/ Rebecca Blackwell
MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Williams claimed a first on Wednesday (Jan 21) by revealing its 2015 Formula 1 car in Mexico ahead of rivals. Force India was to show its new livery at a presentation later in the same city.
Williams released images of the Mercedes-powered FW37 through its website.
The 2014 cars that lifted Williams out of the doldrums to third in the Constructors' championship and the 2015 version, have been reshaped to meet new nose regulations designed to rid the sport of the previous "ugly"' solutions.
'SLIGHT HEADACHE' FOR ENGINEERS
Williams' chief technical officer Pat Symonds admitted that the regulation created "a slight headache" for designers as the Williams F1 car sported a shorter nose.
Symonds said: "The new front bulkhead and nose geometry had much more of an impact than we anticipated and the effect on the aero was profound.
"The team has worked hard to pull back the deficit these regulations have made for us."
Williams finished 2014 ahead of Ferrari and McLaren, in the first year of the new V6 turbo-hybrid era, and behind dominant champions Mercedes and Red Bull.
With no major changes to the regulations for 2015, Williams hoped to challenge for wins with drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas but recognised others could close the gap to it.
Symonds said: "The more rule stability there is the closer the field gets.
"I hope, as a team, that we will be more capable of maintaining the momentum to catch Mercedes. It's not only about stable regulations but also about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving."
The 2015 season will start in Australia on March 15, the first pre-season testing will be at Jerez on February 1
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