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Williams first to unveil 2015 F1 contender

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WILLIAMS have become the first team to reveal pictures of a 2015 Formula 1 car and have set a target of moving further up the grid this season.

They were the most-improved team in F1 last year, taking third in the championship, up from ninth in 2013.

Their target is to close the gap on world champions Mercedes and score more than the nine podiums achieved in 2014.

The team retained their driver line-up of rising Finnish star Valtteri Bottas and Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa.

Williams also continue with the Mercedes turbo hybrid engine, which was the class of the field in 2014.

Team owner Sir Frank Williams said: “The team had a fantastic season last year. We are aiming to replicate this development over the winter and to start the 2015 season in a strong position.

“I feel this year will be equally as exciting as the last and look forward to seeing the car on the grid at the first race.”

The new FW37 car is visually similar to its predecessor, the most obvious re-design is around the nose section.

This is in response to revised rules that have outlawed on safety grounds the ‘anteater’ noses that proliferated in 2014. These will force most of the teams to revisit their designs.

The new rules make it harder to extract aerodynamic performance from the front of the car and the design teams will have focused on retrieving as much as possible.

The new Williams has a tip that is much smaller than last year’s and protrudes from a square section, the minimum width of which is defined by the rules.

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