Williams F1 have become the first team to reveal their car in 2015, on the cover of ‘F1 Racing’ magazine’s February issue.
A far cry from the large press events of old, the resurging team’s FW37 was instead shared through a preview of the publication’s front cover.
Maintaining a Martini livery identical to 2014, a notable inclusion is sponsor Rexona on the side pod, a brand which had previously been affiliated with Lotus.
In a press statement, Pat Symonds said “Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations.”
The front wing looks similar to last year’s Mercedes W05, though with the addition of a protruding knob on the end of the nose.
Force India have also revealed their next iteration, the VJM08, on thursday morning Australia time.
Departing from last year’s white, orange and green livery, the new design instead maintains silver, black and orange in a similar vein to Mika Hakkinen’s 1999 McLaren.
Speaking to SkySportsF1, team principal Vijay Mallya said, “I love the addition of silver, which makes the car appear more sleek and aggressive. The livery looks stunning and I’m sure it’s something that will appeal to the fans as well.”
The team has also opted to maintain a protruding nose, with the resulting product comparable to the 2014 Marrusia nose cone.
This is despite the FIA moving to ban the ‘anteater’ nose cone designs throughout 2014, which received backlash from both fans and teams alike.
The car will not run in the annual first test at Jerez, with the team opting to continue internal development until the second test in Barcelona.
Liveries and designs for the remainder of the teams will be revealed closer to commencement of the Jerez test, with car launches set for the following dates:
January 29 – McLaren-Honda
January 30 – Ferrari
January 31 – Torro Rosso
February 1 – Mercedes
Despite the notable absence of Red Bull, Lotus and Sauber off the list, those teams are all expected to launch their cars when the first test starts on 1 February.
Though Manor F1 and Caterham are included on the initial team list, it is still unknown whether these teams will compete in 2015.
Marussia may also resurge from its administration status, as it has been revealed investors are considering purchasing the team as a 2015 entrant.
What are your thoughts on the cars revealed thus far? And which car designs are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments.
Written by Daniel Kuberek @kuubeey