Although it has been leaked twice already, Williams finally unveiled their 2009 livery at a media function held within the team’s factory in Oxfordshire a couple of days ago. The final version of the livery is quite different to what we have seen previously, the blue having been lightened a little. The car also featured horns sprouting up the sides of the air intake, named skate fins by the team. The idea behind the new part is to help channel air towards the rear wing. There was talk of how these could be allowed given the new regulations prohibiting such “flip-ups” and “winglets”. However, as they unlikely produce any downforce, one can presume they are allowed.
Empii also pointed out in the comments yesterday that the nose of the car looks a little different as well. Previously, the front of the nose had been lower and broader, but in the photographs released on Thursday, the nose is a little slimmer and now much higher. The front wing has also had some work done to it. The end plates have been altered, as has the curvature of the bottom part of the wing.
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