First pictures: Williams presents 2023 livery including new Gulf sponsorship | 2023 F1 season


Williams has presented its new livery for the 2023 F1 season having attracted sponsorship from petrochemicals manufacturer Gulf.

The team which finished last in the 2022 championship has not revealed its chassis for the upcoming season yet. The FW45 is due to run in pre-season testing at Bahrain International Circuit from February 23rd.

“As Williams Racing continues its transformation, we’re proud to unveil this year’s livery,” said Williams chairman, Matthew Savage.

“We are excited about this year’s car, and I cannot thank the entire team at Grove enough for their hard work to get ready for the season.”

There have significant changes at the team during the off-season. Team principal Jost Capito left the squad in December and his replacement James Vowles will arrive from Mercedes later this month. Technical director Francois-Xavier Demaison has also left, and driver Nicholas Latifi was dropped at the end of last season.

Alexander Albon goes into his second year at the team. He is joined by Logan Sargeant, who is making his debut in Formula 1 this year and will be the series’ first full-time American driver since 2007.

Rookie Sargeant confirmed to media including RaceFans that he will drive the new car in a filming day at Silverstone on February 13th. “I’m really excited for the season to get started after what, for me, feels like a long winter,” he said.

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“I’m super motivated and we’ve put a lot of hard work in. The car is looking amazing and it shows the huge effort the team has put in the off season, so I’m looking forward to getting started at Silverstone before heading out to Bahrain.”

Gulf CEO Mike Jones said partnering with Williams was the latest step in the company’s “proud history in motorsport” and confirmed the company would also support Williams’ driver academy and esports ventures.

“We are also excited to expand our foothold in motorsport through the Williams Racing Driver Academy and Williams Esports,” Jones said.

“Together we share a vision of a bright modern future for motorsport on and off the track; made possible through our common culture of partnership and innovation. This makes Williams Racing the perfect partner for Gulf, and we’re excited to start this next chapter of our iconic motorsport story.”

Pictures: 2023 Williams F1 launch

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