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#1 Muppetmad

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:39

https://twitter.com/...2183173/photo/2

 

The car looks a lot better to me on circuit (and, of course, it's the actual car rather than the the show car).


Edited by Muppetmad, 15 February 2022 - 15:40.


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#2 Timstr11

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:39

Real car now:

https://twitter.com/...609864962183173

( :up: Muppet)


Edited by Timstr11, 15 February 2022 - 15:40.


#3 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:39

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#4 Jambo

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:41

Like last year, looks much better on track. Seems very slim at the rear but that may be the angle, wide airbox.



#5 Burai

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:41

It looks a lot better on the real car in daylight. Still reminds me of the Travelodge logo though.



#6 Timstr11

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:43

Shrink wrapped body. RBR of old style.

Such a large variation in designs.



#7 Ali_G

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:45

Looks good. Rounded noses unlike other cars which have a very flat noses. Front push rod. Huge air intake. Radiator intake bigger than on other cars. 2021 style sidepods.

#8 alframsey

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:45

I like it even more now it’s on track. I’m loving the cars this year, even the worse ones aren’t bad.

#9 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:47

Looks excellent on track. Lovely looking thing.



#10 jpm2019

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:51

very different with the round nose. Looks hot! reminds me of early 1990 f1 cars 



#11 Jovanotti

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:51

Yep, looks nice on track :up:

#12 Risil

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:51

Love the Williams! Best one yet!!



#13 jpm2019

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:53

Tight packaging isn't the right description. It just has no ass. 



#14 Ali623

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:53

What's up with the rear of the floor, just before the rear-wheel?



#15 Myrvold

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:55

Hmmm. This looked interesting. 

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#16 markeimas27

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:56

Looks like a modern take on the 94 Williams and in a weird blue which makes it look purple in that picture. Kind of makes me think of Simtek and at the back a 93 Ligier livery.



#17 jjcale

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:56

Even though "I literally dont care" (to quote the Great Hikaru Nakamura ...) .... the 2022 cars do look good  ... much better than I was expecting. 



#18 Myrvold

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 15:59

Looks like a modern take on the 94 Williams and in a weird blue which makes it look purple in that picture. Kind of makes me think of Simtek and at the back a 93 Ligier livery.

 

The more I look at it, the more "IndyCar" I see in the livery.



#19 Chunkinator

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:00

What's up with the rear of the floor, just before the rear-wheel?



Does indeed look a little funky?



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#20 Beri

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:02

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I have to say I quite like the looks of the car from that angle. The livery must grow on me. But the shape of the car is surprisingly interesting. I wonder if they nailed it on the head. Various differences on this car compared to other cars.

#21 Risil

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:04

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It's a side point but at least from this angle the line of the halo works very nicely with the downward swoop of the sidepod.



#22 Clrnc

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:04

Like I said the livery is fantastic. Looked like prost which everyone loved. Don't get the uproar about the livery but tbf Everytime Williams launch a new livery everyone just stereotype it as cheap and backmarker nowadays. I did the same last year only for it to look so much better on track.

The side pod is interesting. How did they manage to make it so compact? More compact than the McLaren yet don't need the cooling on top. Wow

#23 K20a

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:04

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Lovely looking Simtek!

#24 Risil

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:08

Airbox intake looks big, although it could just be the red highlighting.



#25 Timstr11

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:13

Airbox intake looks big, although it could just be the red highlighting.

 

Looks like they moved moved coolers to the top of the engine, hence the larger intake (and shrink-wrapped sidepods).



#26 Massa

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:14

Like I said the livery is fantastic. Looked like prost which everyone loved. Don't get the uproar about the livery but tbf Everytime Williams launch a new livery everyone just stereotype it as cheap and backmarker nowadays. I did the same last year only for it to look so much better on track.

The side pod is interesting. How did they manage to make it so compact? More compact than the McLaren yet don't need the cooling on top. Wow



They just moved the cooling up top. Everything around the air box is big

#27 ConsiderAndGo

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:19

Like I said the livery is fantastic. Looked like prost which everyone loved. Don't get the uproar about the livery but tbf Everytime Williams launch a new livery everyone just stereotype it as cheap and backmarker nowadays. I did the same last year only for it to look so much better on track.

The side pod is interesting. How did they manage to make it so compact? More compact than the McLaren yet don't need the cooling on top. Wow

 

Huh? Just look at the size of that airbox!! So much of their cooling is going through the centre line. The complete opposite of Alfa.



#28 Ali_G

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:19

Looks like they moved moved coolers to the top of the engine, hence the larger intake (and shrink-wrapped sidepods).


I guess that could be to improve airflow over the top of the diffuser as this area is now more important than ever due to the venturis?

#29 pacificquay

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:23

Good to see them using the proper Williams number font rather than the monstrosity of last year



#30 WilliamsF1Fan

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:26

The car looks amazing on track, I have to say!



#31 Francesc

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:28

Wow it's a beauty! Best looking car so far.

With that compact rear end they want as much air to the beam wing as posible.

#32 BRG

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:29

What happened to the rumour that the car was massively delayed??  :lol:



#33 OO7

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:33

Hmmm. This looked interesting. 

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Looks like cooling exits flanking the exhaust pipe.



#34 Timstr11

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:33

I guess that could be to improve airflow over the top of the diffuser as this area is now more important than ever due to the venturis?

 

Think so too. Curiuos to see if the big guns agree.

 

I have to say that there's so much variation already in the designs presented so far , so I'm not expecting a close season at all.

There will be surprises.



#35 OO7

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:34

Lovely looking Simtek!

You're, right, the livery does have a Simtek look to it. :up:


Edited by OO7, 15 February 2022 - 16:49.


#36 Alburaq

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:37

Actually the sidepods seem to be direct evolutions of the previous williams cars, very short and downwashy sidepods, with very little side undercut at their widest point...
So the engine cover around the engine looks very similar too, but with a smaller bulge around the fuel tank. (in the last Williams cars, that bulge was caused by their particular fuel tank shape and their large and protruding intercooler-to- engine duct.
So this FW-44 looks similar to its sisters but slimmer... and has the most rounded nosecone top.

 

The shape of the roll-hoop cover is different. Maybe they changed their centerline cooling layout... their previous one was similar to Merc and AM and was placed quite flat above Gbox 
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#37 RA2

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:41

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How come the floor is flat all the way to the rear wheels, and then kicks up so hard?


Also the pull rod seems to end at the level of the drive shaft line, new merc design?

Edited by RA2, 15 February 2022 - 16:45.


#38 mclarensmps

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:49

This one is very reminiscent of an indycar from the front. 



#39 RainyAfterlifeDaylight

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:51

The front suspension geometry is different as well. I mean the slope ...

They have really worked on the car. Looks like a mature package but on track performance remains to be seen.



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#40 mtknot

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:54

Interesting pimple on the undercut Didn't realise that was legal? 

Aside from that damn that rear end is TIGHT 

Car is very reminiscent of a Simtek though - hopefully this isn't a bad omen... 



#41 cyclist

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:55

Lovely looking Simtek!

My thoughts exactly!



#42 ARTGP

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 16:56

How come the floor is flat all the way to the rear wheels, and then kicks up so hard?

 

Bit of an optical illusion there. It ramps up before the rear wheels but the reflections make it look confusing.  That extra high bit behind the rear wheel is the beam wing and gives the illusion of being joined to the diffuser exit.



#43 mtknot

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:00

The front end on that is so FW16 

I wish they had some white on it, but I guess they're finally racing in their actual colours / not sponsorship influenced. 



#44 Beri

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:05

The more I am looking at that rounded nosecone, the more I'm falling in love with it and with the shapes of the car.
An absolute stellar looking car this is. Livery still needs to grow on me

Edited by Beri, 15 February 2022 - 17:05.


#45 Disgrace

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:09

Reminds me of the 1991 Lambo. Though I hope it does a lot better!

 

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#46 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:17

Wooww already the best looking F1 cars of the last 30 years  :clap:

 

Love the Williams livery and all the 90s car comparisons. The Simtek was an amazing looking thing (even tho not an amazing car). Hopefully not another doldrums year for Williams.

 

Low noses FTW

 

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#47 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:20

FWIW I prefer how the blue looks here 

 

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#48 Anderis

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:21

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Of course they show us the most useless pics possible. We still can't even tell how the most interesting part of the livery (engine cover) looks in natural light.

 



#49 Miles749

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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:46

FWIW I prefer how the blue looks here 

 

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I'm puzzled why they showed a FIA show car, real car is obviously ready and what would it take to take a couple of renders?



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Posted 15 February 2022 - 17:48

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I wonder if the nose shape is intentionally reminiscent of the FW14?

 

Probably not. What a gorgeous car though.  :love: