Tech F1i: A closer look at the Williams FW40



The new rear wing, which has gained 200mm to reach 950mm in width this year, is hard to make out on the rendering.

The wing’s curved outline exudes a Mercedes flavour, though its profile is less marked. The angle of incidence on the outer sections of the main plane is shallow – this to curb drag – whereas it remains important in the central part in order to still generate downforce.

It is worth pointing out that Williams’ new head of aerodynamics Dirk De Beer has not provided any input on the FW40’s volumes since the former Lotus and Ferrari man will start in his new role at Grove on March 1.

Devised and designed under the stewardship of Pat Symonds, who retired at the end of last year, the Williams FW40 will have the difficult task of helping the fabled British team recover from its 2016 slump that saw it slip down to fifth in the Constructor’s championship.

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