THE WILLIAMS FW41
The FW41 looks significantly different to its predecessor, the FW40, following substantial input from the team’s Chief Technical Officer, Paddy Lowe, and Head of Aerodynamics, Dirk de Beer, who were both appointed at the beginning of 2017.
The most obvious addition is the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection system, located above the driver’s head and introduced for the 2018 season to improve driver safety. The structure has been designed to withstand a force of over 12 tons, with the main chassis providing the extra structural support.
In addition to the halo are a number of new features for the FW41, both externally and under the skin, as the team has pursued a very different aerodynamic philosophy for 2018. A longer wheel base, more aggressive bargeboard and sidepod area and some radical changes to the car’s internal packaging all provide a cumulative performance step change from 2017.
Pirelli have introduced an expanded dry weather tyre range for 2018, increasing the number of slick compounds from five to seven and making the whole range softer than the 2017 equivalent variants. The changes make the 2018 range the fastest tyres in Formula One history.
The pink hypersoft is the softest tyre Pirelli has ever made and will be best deployed at circuits requiring maximum mechanical grip, whilst the new superhard compound will sit at the other end of the range as the hardest tyre available.
Understanding the different rubber-types available on race weekends is key when developing race strategy and maximising performance of the car. The team has worked hard over the winter to ensure it can select the best compounds for each round of the 2018 championship.
WILLIAMS MERCEDES FW41 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Monocoque construction laminated from carbon epoxy and honeycomb surpassing FIA impact and strength requirements
Double wishbone, push-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Double wishbone, pull-rod activated springs and anti-roll bar
Williams eight speed seamless sequential semi-automatic shift plus reverse gear, gear selection electro-hydraulically actuated
Dicastal forged magnesium
Pirelli: Fronts: 305/670-13, Rears: 405/670-13
AP 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers with carbon discs and pads
Williams power assisted rack and pinion
Kevlar-reinforced rubber bladder
FIA SECU standard electronic control unit
Aluminium oil, water and gearbox radiators
Six-point driver safety harness with 75mm shoulder straps & HANS system, removable anatomically formed carbon fibre seat
Mercedes-AMG F1 M09 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)
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
Mercedes AMG HPP
Dimensions & weight
Weight: FIA Minimum, Overall height: 950mm, Overall width: 2000mm