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Graham Read
Formula 1 Correspondent
4:38 PM 17th February 2020

The Williams And Racing Point Formula 1 Car Launches

The new FW43, which Williams hopes will improve its fortunes
The new FW43, which Williams hopes will improve its fortunes
Following a busy spell of Formula 1 new car launches last week both the Williams and Racing Point teams have now joined the club by revealing their own new challengers.

Williams revealed studio and ontrack images of its new car, the FW43, and the most striking thing about it is its significantly revised livery, albeit with their main ROKiT sponsor again showing very prominently.

George Russell is about to start his second F1 season
George Russell is about to start his second F1 season
The team suffered a very disappointing 2019, finishing bottom of the constructors championship for a second year running and with just a single point gained. The outfit, located in Grove, Oxfordshire, says it has focussed on those problem areas of last year’s car where the biggest performance gains can be made, as their design director Doug McKiernan explained “The main concept behind the FW43 is that it is a continuous development of the FW42, with no fundamental concept changes to the layout.” Let’s hope for the good of all this iconic team’s staff and many fans that the development work helps and moves their cars away from the back of the grid.

Williams’ Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi
Williams’ Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi
The highly likeable and gifted 22 year old British driver from King’s Lynn, George Russell, is looking forward to his second season competing in Formula 1 and he will be joined by Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi, who is two years older and an experienced F2 pedaller.

Racing Point’s new charger, the RP20
Racing Point’s new charger, the RP20
Meanwhile, the Silverstone based Racing Point team opted to hold its launch at the headquarters of BWT in Mondsee, Austria, BWT standing for Best Water Technology. The world witnessed its first pink Formula 1 car back in 2017 when BWT arrived as a principal sponsor and, following the departure of SportPesa backing, the Austrian company is now a title partner, with the racing outfit being officially known as the BWT Racing Point F1 Team.

Sergio Perez (L) and Lance Stroll, again in BWT’s corporate pink colour
Sergio Perez (L) and Lance Stroll, again in BWT’s corporate pink colour
Last year’s driver pairing have been retained for 2020 - the 30 year old Mexican Sergio “Checo” Perez and the 21 year old Canadian Lance Stroll (son of Lawrence Stroll, who led a consortium to buy the former Force India team back in the summer of 2018).

Racing Point’s Romanian CEO and team principal Otmar Szafnauer enthused “We have enjoyed many memorable moments both on and off track already with BWT and we now look forward to adding more in the 2020 season.

Haas was the first team to reveal images of its new car and revised livery and today’s events just leave Alfa Romeo to fully complete the launch season early on Wednesday morning in the pitlane of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya immediately prior to the start of pre-season testing.