Williams has announced its plan to unveil its 2023 livery at a season launch ahead of this year’s Formula 1 world championship.

Following an eighth place finish in 2021, Williams hoped it would make further progress up the grid under the new technical regulations, but found itself on the back foot at the start of the year.

While upgrades and a push to reduce the weight of the car boosted performance, Williams was rooted to the back of the field as it finished bottom of the constructors’ championship with just eight points.

The Grove-based outfit excelled on power circuits such as Spa and Monza due to the straightline speed of the FW44, scoring points at both races.

Alex Albon proved a key asset for the team as he returned to a full-time race seat after spending 2021 on the sidelines, claiming three top-10 finishes.

When Albon was ruled out of the Italian Grand Prix after suffering appendicitis, Williams drafted in Nyck de Vries as a stand-in and scored an impressive ninth place on his F1 debut.

Nicholas Latifi would have a difficult season as he struggled to get to grips with the rules and match Albon’s pace, but the Canadian did manage a best finish of P9 at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Williams will run a rookie driver this year for the first time since 2017 in the form of junior driver Logan Sargeant, replacing Latifi to become the first full-time American driver in 16 years.

There have been two major departures at Williams over the off-season with team principal Jost Capito and technical director FX Demaison parting ways with the team.

The team said it planned to announce their successors in due course but is yet to reveal who will take over both roles.

Williams will be the first team to present its new livery at a season launch event, with the FW45 to be unveiled on February 6.

It now means six of the 10 teams have now confirmed their launch plans in the build up to pre-season testing on February 23 , with the opening race of the 2023 season in Bahrain taking place on March 5.