The start of the 2016 Formula One season is now firmly in sight. Following on from Red Bull's livery launch yesterday, Ferrari and Williams both launched their 2016 cars that they hope can peg back Mercedes and perhaps even challenge for the drivers and constructor's title this year.
First up is Williams. They've kept their beautiful Martini-inspired livery with a sleek and elegant livery. Named the FW38, the hope is, according to team owner, Frank Williams, that the car can sustain its position at the front end of the grid and stake a claim for the title this year. Perhaps that kind of talk is too hopeful, but in Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas, the British outfit possess the pace and experience to really give it a go this year.
Speaking at the launch, Claire Williams, Williams Deputy Team Principal, assured their fans that this isn't the final product; more updates are planned ahead of the race opener in Melbourne.
Ferrari, meanwhile, launched their 2016 challenger: the SF16-H. They will most likely be Mercedes' strongest foe this year as they look to clinch a first world title for nine years. Another winless season and it will be the second longest trophy drought in the team's history. They ahve some way however before they set a new barren-run record: they went twenty years between Jody Schekter and Michael Schumacher lifting aloft the drivers' championship.
Their 2016 car bears a slightly different livery to last year in the form of a whiter engine cover and front wing. In terms of specs, the nose is slightly shorter and higher than last year's model, and they have tightened and narrowed their power unit for 2016, enabling greater aero benefits.
Ferrari will really be hoping to hit the ground running this season, starting in Melbourne. They will need to pull it out of the bag this season if they are to end Mercedes' recent dominance. Sebastian Vettel finished 103 points behind Lewis Hamilton last year, so this car would need to be something special in 2016. Let's just wait and see...