Williams unveiled its definitive 2011 livery at Grove today, and it was no surprise to see blue and white predominate.
However the red stripes and other details give a little echo of the hugely successful Rothmans era, which ended in 1997. Given the rumblings about Renault’s decision to actively emulate the JPS era, it seems an odd choice.
There are no surprises in terms of the sponsors on the car, and there appears to be space for more.
Intriguingly Sam Michael said that Williams had not abandoned the flywheel KERS concept, which could be seen on the car in 2012.
“Williams Hybrid Power developed a flywheel, and we did consider a flywheel for this car. It was very close, but unfortunately the packaging stopped us doing that to start with.
“Obviously WHP work on flywheels in other industries, but we also haven’t discounted introducing a flywheel to this car at some point. It will be very unlikely for 2011, but it will definitely be on the cards again for 2012, flywheel versus battery.”