F1: Williams launches FW32 race car

On full throttle without much fanfare
Feb 3, 2010
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Williams F1 revealed the FW32 minus the pomp and pageantry typical of Formula One launches as it went straight to the track on the first pre-season testing session at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain.

Williams F1 is the first team to subject supplier Cosworth's CA2010 engine to a full-test session. The CA2010 is Cosworth's entry-level engine to the series and is an updated and re-tuned version of the 2.4-liter CA2006 V8.

Despite the lack of fanfare, the FW32 opened the testing session by being the first car on the Valencia track with Rubens Barrichello behind the wheel. At the end of the day, Barrichello and his FW32 covered 75 laps and set the sixth fastest time of the day at one minute, 14.449 seconds.

Barichello is teaming up with rookie Nico Hülkenberg, the 2009 champion for the GP series.

"Considering everything is new, in particular the Cosworth engine installation, it was good to get through the day without any major problems," said Sam Michael, Williams F1's technical director, Sam Michael. "We are well underway with set-up work now and tuning the FW32 around the new Bridgestone tyres."

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