Williams F1 have announced via twitter that they managed to fire up their new car, named FW38 without fault at their headquarters in Grove, UK. The early fire-up will give the team confidence as it appears to be well ahead of schedule for the first tests.
3 weeks before the first run at Barcelona on 22 February is early, as it has often happened that teams only fired up their cars for the first time days before shipping to the testing circuit.
The @WilliamsRacing FW38 fired up for the first time yesterday. No issues, great to hear the roar again & now less than 3 weeks to testing!— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) February 2, 2016
As in the two previous years, this year's Williams will be driven by Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.