Williams’s 2020 Formula 1 car has been unveiled featuring a new-look livery as it looks to bounce back from a lacklustre 2019 campaign.

The FW43 has retained the prominent blue and white colours from last year’s design but includes red on the cars side pods and rear wing to accommodate title sponsor ROKIT.

The last time Williams launched its car with a red livery was back in 1999 during the days of tobacco sponsorship.

George Russell, entering his second season in F1, leads the driver line-up this year, partnered by former Formula 2 rival and the only rookie on the 2020 grid Nicholas Latifi.

Williams endured its worst-ever season since entering the sport back in 1977 last year, scoring just one point at a rain-soaked German Grand Prix.

Speaking ahead of start of winter testing, deputy team principal Claire Williams insists the Grove outfit possesses “fighting spirit” to build on a difficult chapter in the team’s illustrious history.

“This year marks a fresh start for the team,” Williams said. “We have spent time addressing our areas of weakness and have ensured that we have the right people, structures, procedures and resource in place to deliver competitive race cars. 

“We are all committed to re-building Williams and returning the team to competitiveness. As such, our 2020 campaign is about making progress. The fighting spirit is still very much alive, and this year, everyone will continue that fight until we get back to where we want to be.”

Pre-season testing commences on Wednesday in Barcelona for the first of two three-day tests for the teams to run their 2020 cars for the first time.

Williams will hope to avoid a repeat of last year’s shenanigans, when it missed the opening two days of the test due to its car not being ready in time.