Friday, February 1, 2008

Photo leak reveals new Williams livery

A new sponsor of the Williams team has apparently accidentally revealed the British team's tweaked livery for the 2008 season.

The Oxfordshire based outfit intended to make public its new paint job just prior to the Australian season opener, after opting against a formal launch for the FW30 single seater.

But on the website of the Dutch clothing company McGregor, a new sponsor of the Grove team in 2008, photographs of a Williams decked out in an updated new blue and white livery were posted on Thursday.

To the Dutch magazine Formule 1 Race Report, however, a team spokesman denied that the photos depict Williams' formerly-secret new livery for 2008.

The spokesman said the photos appear to date back to December, when the team were testing several potential liveries for the FW30.

What the photos do apparently depict, however, are the logos of a new team sponsor - British jewellery firm Mappin and Webb, whose name appears prominently on the sidepods of the car in the leaked photos.

Interestingly, Mappin and Webb is owned by Baugur, the Icelandic investment group that is said to have recently bought a slice of the team that is owned by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head.

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