Williams fires up FW43 for first time ahead of pre-season testing

Listening to the sound of the Williams FW43 engine firing up ahead of the 2020 Formula One season will come as music to the ears of fans of the team.

The famous team endured a difficult start to the 2019 season, having arrived late to the important pre-season Barcelona test and was left playing catch up for the rest of the season. But, following a thorough review of the issues of last season and a restructuring of the technical department, Williams looks on track for a more productive year.

Ahead of this year’s Barcelona test on February 19 at the Circuit de Catalunya, the team released footage of the FW43 being ‘fired up’ for the first time at its Grove base via its Twitter feed, a smiling Frank Williams in attendance along with factory staff.

The team is building quite the portfolio of up and coming drivers too, Nicholas Latifi replacing Robert Kubica to partner George Russell, with Dan Ticktum, Roy Nissany and Jack Aitken joining W Series champion Jamie Chadwick in the team’s driver development programme.

Williams will officially launch the FW43 online on February 17 before heading to the Circuit de Catalunya.

Fraser Masefield

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