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Williams carry out Silverstone shakedown of 2021 challenger, the FW43B

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George Russell and Nicholas Latifi got their first taste of their 2021 office when they took the new Williams FW43B for a spin at a chilly Silverstone…

A day after McLaren became the first team to run a 2021 car at the Northamptonshire track as part of their first of two allocated filming days, Williams followed suit, running the FW43B in a plain livery.

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The car is the first to be produced following the departure of the Williams family, who sold the team to investment firm Dorilton Capital, with Jost Capito drafted in as CEO.

It's understood the day ran smoothly and Williams completed their programme as hoped, with rules dictating only 100km of running can be completed on demonstration Pirelli tyres.

READ MORE: Haas crowned 2021 Virtual Grand Prix champions as Russell wins sixth straight race

Williams, who have finished last in the constructors’ championship for the past three years running, are hoping this season is the start of a new chapter for the iconic British outfit.

They will officially launch their new car – complete with new livery – on Friday March 5, one week before pre-season testing in Bahrain begins.

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