2013 Williams passes crash test

The FW35, Williams’ 2013 challenger has finally passed the mandatory crash tests before it takes to the track at Catalunya next week.

Williams postponed the launch of their 2013 car as Lotus kicked proceedings off over two weeks ago. Instead, they ran Pastor Maldonado’s race winning FW34 at the first of three pre-season tests at Jerez last week.

Williams have cited studying of the new Pirelli tires as the reason for the prolonging of the launch.

Last week in Jerez, Maldonado told Autosport that he felt happy about the new car.

It’s a step” said the Venezuelan. “We try to look at every single component, everything. But all the cars look very similar to last year because the rules are the same. It’s a small improvement all round the car and we are quite confident that it will be very competitive this year, even better than the previous one.

Williams’ new Finnish driver, Valterri Bottas impressed last week in testing as all eyes are now cast on the rookie to live up to expectations.

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