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Williams Launch Their 2009 Car – The FW31

Williams have joined Renault in launching their 2009 challenger today in a low key event at the Portimao Circuit in Portugal.

The British based team left test driver and rising star Nico Hulkenberg with the duty to show the new car, named the Fw31 to the presses.

The new machine will give the team optimism to get back to the top with the swathes of new rule changes leaving this car completly different to the FW30.  Still powered by a Toyota engine, this car has a lot in common with the Ferrari F60.  It has a very similar front wing, and aerodynamic winglets protruding from the sidepods where Ferrari houses its wing mirrors.

The car seen here is in an interim test livery and will have a liverly launch nearer to the first round of the season in March.

Philips have become a larger sponsor to the team, who are struggling to find backers in the increasingly tough economic crisis.  Thomson, Oris and RBS still remain on the car, but for RBS how much longer must be questioned as they posted a £20billion loss, the largest loss for a British company ever today.

Front 3/4

Front 3/4

Front

Front

Above

Above

Rear

Rear

Nose Detail

Nose Detail

Sidepod detail

Sidepod detail

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