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NEW REGULATIONS FOR 2017

Celebrating 40 years in the sport this year, the team’s 2017 challenger, the Williams Mercedes FW40, shows a very different look to 2016’s FW38.

The 2017 season will feature one of the biggest regulation overhauls since the introduction of hybrid power units back in 2014, with aerodynamics and tyres are at the forefront of the change. In theory, the regulation shake-up will help generate more downforce and grip, and should make the cars significantly faster and far more physically demanding for the drivers.

CHASSIS

This season we see wider bodywork, wider front and rear wings, and fatter tyres. As a result of this, there is a significant increase in downforce and mechanical grip with the 2017 cars really able to attack the corners, significantly faster than they have done in recent years. That, in turn, means braking distances are reduced and G-loading increased.

Although cosmetically the 2017 cars will look very different to their 2016 predecessors, the core of the car, the power unit and the areas situated around the power unit, have not changed a great deal.

TYRES

Laptimes are falling and lap records are expected to be broken. To set blistering laptimes, teams need some heavy duty rubber to stick to the track. Pirelli have certainly delivered that with the significantly wider front and rear tyres. The front tyres are 60mm wider, but the rear tyres have increased by a staggering 80mm. This also poses a new challenge for the pit crew with heavier tyres and modified wheel guns needed. Plenty of practice has seen the team start the season in strong form as it fights to keep its position as the fastest pit crew in Formula One.

The team has increased its effort in this area which means it can started the season already having a good understanding of the new rubber. In-season tyre testing will also be more crucial than ever before, as understanding the tyres and how they work will be one of the key factors in pulling performance from the car.

WILLIAMS MERCEDES FW40 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

CHASSIS CONSTRUCTION
Monocoque construction laminated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb surpassing FIA impact and strength requirements
FRONT SUSPENSION
Double wishbone, push-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
REAR SUSPENSION
Double wishbone, push-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
TRANSMISSION
Williams eight speed seamless sequential semi-automatic shift plus reverse gear, gear selection electro-hydraulically actuated
CLUTCH
Carbon multi-plate
DAMPERS
Williams
WHEELS
Apptech forged magnesium
TYRES
Pirelli: Fronts: 305/670-13, Rears: 405/670-13
BRAKE SYSTEM
AP 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers with carbon discs and pads
STEERING
Williams power assisted rack and pinion
FUEL SYSTEM
ATL Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS
FIA SECU standard electronic control unit
COOLING SYSTEM
Aluminium oil, water and gearbox radiators
COCKPIT
Six-point driver safety harness with 75mm shoulder straps & HANS system, removable anatomically formed carbon fibre seat
POWER UNIT
Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+, Internal Combustion Engine: Capacity 1.6 litres, Cylinders Six, Bank angle 90, No of valves 24, Max rpm ICE 15,000 rpm, Max fuel flow rate 100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
FUEL INJECTION
High-pressure direct injection (max 500 bar, one injector/cylinder), Pressure charging Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine on a common shaft, Max rpm exhaust turbine 125,000 rpm
ERS
Mercedes AMG HPP
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
Weight: FIA Minimum
Overall height: 950mm, Overall width: 2000mm