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Nico Hulkenburg in Williams FW31 at Algarve

Williams rolled out their 2009 contender, the FW31, at the Algarve circuit in Portugal on Monday. The hugely low-key ‘launch’ saw the car parked outside it’s pit garage with third driver, Nico Hulkenburg, also present and taking the car out for it’s first runs later that day.

Williams are hoping for the best season possible with the resources and finances they have, with the FIA’s cost-cutting plans suggesting a brighter future ahead for the once successful British team, who haven’t won a championship since 1997 and a race since 2003. Team principal Frank Williams echoes the thoughts of the other team bosses, saying “It will be a very interesting year” and also that he hopes the team will make “a significantly large step forward” with the Fw31. Technical director Sam Michael is targeting a “respectable” season, saying: “Williams have won Grands Prix before, we’ve won championships before, and everyone in the company wants to return to that level. Our target is to do the best that we can with the resources that we have, and I’m sure that we can hold the team up in a good light.”

The FW31’s 2009 livery is yet to be revealed, with the team using a winter testing livery until February.

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Kazuki Nakajima will remain at Williams for their 2009 campaign, the British team have announced. This is the Japanese drivers first full season in F1, have competed in last years Brazilian Grand Prix. His original signing to the team was largely influenced by Toyota, who provide Williams’s engines.

Nico Rosberg will also be staying at the team in 2009, having extended his contract before the season began. Both drivers have had a difficult championship campaign, with the Williams FW30 proving not to be as fast as expected in the pre-season. However, Rosberg has managed to take two podiums this year, with his best ever F1 result at last weeks Singapore Grand Prix.

Third driver, Nico Hulkenberg, will also stay at the team, meaning Williams’s driver line-up will remain completely unchanged in 2009.

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